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Texas Stars Tame Wolves 5-3, Lead Series 3-2

by Staff Writer / Dallas Stars

Cedar Park, TX – The Texas Stars defeated the Chicago Wolves 5-3 on Friday night in front of 5,112 fans at Cedar Park Center in Game 5. Texas rookie forward Jamie Benn posted the first hat trick on home ice and the first five-point game in Stars history, leading Texas to a 3-2 series lead in the West Division Finals. Stars goalie Brent Krahn (7-2) made 43 saves for the victory. Texas forwards Perttu Lindgren and Raymond Sawada each added two points in the win. Chicago goalie Peter Mannino (6-5) made 12 saves in two periods of work, giving up four goals in the defeat. Wolves’ winger Anthony Stewart scored two goals in the loss. Game 6 of the West Division Finals is on Sunday, May 9th at 3:00 PM in Chicago.

The Wolves opened the scoring with a power-play goal just 2:23 into the first period.  Forward Joey Crabb centered a pass to the Texas crease and Anthony Stewart picked up the goal, beating goalie Krahn on the stickside. Stewart leads the team in power-play goals, notching five in the postseason. Texas tied the game 1-1 with a power-play tally at 9:40. Forward Jamie Benn scored from the bottom of the right-wing circle, his first goal of the night. Lindgren set up Benn for his team-leading fifth goal of the playoffs. Stars defenseman Andrew Hutchinson also tallied an assist on the power-play goal. Just 3:17 later, Benn scored his second goal of the night, giving the Stars a 2-1 lead over the Wolves in the opening frame. Benn received a pass from right wing Raymond Sawada at the front of the net and stickhandled the puck past Mannino for his second goal of the night. With 32 seconds remaining in the period, the Stars increased their lead to 3-1. Defenseman Dan Jancevski collected a rebound in the slot and set up Lindgren for a shot from the left-wing circle. Benn also added an assist on Lindgren's fourth goal of the postseason.
At 14:17 of the second period, Sawada set up Benn for his third goal of the night, extending the Stars lead to 4-1. Benn moved the puck through the Chicago zone and fired a wristshot from the left-wing circle past Mannino on the gloveside. Mannino was replaced by goalie Drew MacIntyre after stopping 12 of 16 Texas shots in 25:43 minutes of play. Chicago cut the Stars' lead in half at 4-2, as Anthony Stewart scored his second of the night at 11:14. Jason Krog dished the puck from the goal-line to the Texas crease, where Stewart fired a shot past Krahn on the gloveside. Stewart has eight goals in the postseason.
Wolves’ winger Tim Stapleton scored with 1:31 left in the third period, bringing Chicago within a goal of tying the game at 4-3. Defenseman Nathan Oystrick and forward Matt Anderson assisted Stapleton’s team-leading tenth point of the postseason. Stars center Aaron Gagnon added an empty-netter with 16.5 seconds left in the game, sealing the 5-3 victory over Chicago.

West Division Finals Schedule (best of seven)
Game 1 - Texas 4 at Chicago 3 (OT)
Game 2 - Texas 3 at Chicago 4 (OT)
Game 3 - Chicago 5 at Texas 3
Game 4 - Chicago 2 at Texas 3
Game 5 - Chicago 3 at Texas 5 (Texas leads series 3-2)

Game 6 - Sun., May 9 -  Texas at Chicago, 3:00 p.m.
Game 7 - Tues., May 11 - Texas at Chicago, 7:00 p.m. -X
X = If Necessary
The West Division Finals best-of-seven series moves to Chicago for Game 6 and a possible Game 7. Game 6 is on Sunday, May 9th at 3:00 PM. If needed, Game 7 is slated for Tuesday, May 11th at 7:00 PM. 
To purchase a Calder Cup playoff package, which offers fans the same seat for all 16 possible home games, fans may call 512-GO-STARS. To rent a suite for a home playoff game or book a group, those interested may call 512-GO-STARS. Individual tickets for playoff games at Cedar Park Center also can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, visiting any Ticketmaster outlet or the Cedar Park Center box office, or online at
2010-11 Season ticket packages to see the Stars play in their second season at the Cedar Park Center are on sale now, starting as low as $12.00 a seat. For more information on Texas Stars season tickets call (512) GO-STARS (467-8277) or visit Anyone interested in purchasing season tickets, suites, group tickets or mini-plans may call the Texas Stars front office.

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