48-18-3-7, 106 pts
#1 Western Conference
45-25-2-4, 96 pts
#3 Western Conference
Texas leads 2-1
May 29th at 6:00 PM
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, ON
It didn't take 50 shots. It didn't take six goals. It didn't take an otherwordly effort, but it was just enough to get past the Marlies. The Stars ended Toronto's home win streak going back almost two months with the win last night.
Travis Morin was at just the right place at just the right time to score the game winner. Jamie Oleksiak should get a big piece of the credit for the goal, creating the rush that generated the shot. Brendan Ranford got back in the action with the primary assist. Ranford hasn't scored since Game 5 against Grand Rapids but has two assists in the last two games. It would be exceedingly nice if Curtis McKenzie could also find the scoresheet for the Texas Stars as well. McKenzie has only one goal in the playoffs.
Back to back games are always difficult. They become doubly so in the playoffs, when the intensity ramps up. During the postseason, Texas has had just one back-to-back game so far. After losing Game 4 in Grand Rapids, the Stars won Game 5 in overtime. All year the team has practiced and played hard for the full term. That has allowed them to wear teams out in the second and third and especially overtime. Texas will look to use that advantage tonight on limited rest.
Don't forget the Cedar Park Center will be hosting a watch party for tonight's game in the bowl. There was good attendance last night, and the goal horn was charged up and ready to go as well.
Stars injury/call up report:
Klingberg, Dowling, Campbell, Petersen (injury)
Blog (official): Marlies Blog
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