Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Greg Rallo discuss faceoff positioning in Game 5 against the Hershey Bears.(Photo credit: Brian Hackert)
It was heartbreaking. It was crushing. But the Stars have been here before. With there series lead on the line going back to Hershey on Monday no matter what, Texas dropped Game 5 in OT against the Bears by a final of 2-1. The Stars faced the same deficit going back to Hamilton in the West Conference Finals and won Games 6 and 7 to advance to the Cup Finals. It's not impossible, but it just got a whole lot harder.
Texas took the early advantage on a power play goal from Aaron Gagnon, originally awarded to Francis Wathier. Texas had once again scored first in the contest, but recently that has not been an indicator of final score success. As it turns out, the early PP tally would be the only goal of the game for the Stars.
Hershey came back in the second to score an even strength tally off the stick of Francis Bouchard. The score would remain tied and set the game to overtime. The Stars were drastically outshot in regulation, 37-27.
In the 13th minute of the OT, Giroux showed the Cedar Park fans why he is one of the league's top scorers, putting one in five-hole on Matt Climie and ending the game at a 2-1 mark. Climie earned the second star for is 41 save 43 shot performance.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Hutchinson (knee, day-to-day)
Bachman, Chupp, Korostin, Shelast, Ty. Ludwig, Gazdic (scratched)
Tonight's attendance was 7,054, which bested the previous record by 22 people.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas v. Hershey - June 11 2010