Texas had the early advantage for sure. Noah Welch took a hooking call and Spencer Machacek a cross-checking call early in the game. Texas was unable to capitalize on either power play. Chicago got their first power play at 11:53 of the first period and took full advantage. Who else but Anthony Stewart? A centering pass from Tim Stapleton found Anthony Stewart in the crease and went to the back of the net. With that goal, Chicago is 8/18 in the series on the power play. At that point, Texas was outshooting Chicago 9-4.
Just before the 15 minute mark of the first period, Texas had a nightmare moment. On a routine dump-in, Texas goaltender Krahn went to cover up the puck with Spencer Machacek crashing the net. With Krahn already covering the puck, Machacek kept going and hit Krahn. Initially, it seemed as though Machacek had skated over Krahn's glovehand and injured him.
Just after the replacement of Krahn, Texas had one of their best scoring opportunities of the first two periods. It was such a good scoring opportunity that it actually went in the net! Referee David Banfield blew the play dead when he lost sight of the puck. Goaltender Drew MacIntyre did not have a handle on the puck and Jamie Benn poked it home in the crease. Texas celebrated as Banfield wildly flailed his arms to indicate a no-goal. It was clearly a goal though, and Texas was furious.
The second period was scoreless for both teams. Texas gave the Wolves six total power plays through two periods. The Stars trailed the Wolves on shots 22-19 at the end of the period. Texas would have to do something they'd never done before: come from behind to win it.
The Wolves extended their lead 6 minutes into the third period. Joey Crabb scored on a swatted goal that jumped up over Climie's pad and beat him on the glove side to make it 2-0. Texas tried with the goaltender pulled but could never solve goaltender Drew MacIntyre. Too many penalties led to a lack of opportunities for the Stars. The game was just not one to write home about, I think, for either team. The intensity wasn't as palpable as it had been in prior games, despite all the implications on the line. Texas has to get up for Game 7 and bring the most intense game they've played all year.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Graham, Korostin, Shelast, Ty. Ludwig, Chupp, Gazdic (scratched)
With Krahn's future in the playoffs now uncertain, Texas may have to bring someone up from the ECHL. Sadly, goaltender Richard Bachman, who backed up Climie several times during the regular season, was injured on Friday night in Idaho's 7-2 loss to Stockton. Idaho's backup, Rejean Beauchemin, is not under contract with the Stars. Who will backup Climie on Tuesday if Krahn is not well enough to play? Chris Whitley from the Allen Americans is a possibility, but I have no clue.
Tonight's attendance was 3,316.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Chicago - May 9 2010