|Kevin Henderson celebrates Scott Glennie's goal|
(Credit: Graig Abel)
Cristopher Nilstorp got the start and stopped 17 of 18 shots in the game. Derek Meech had two assists, his first two points in the series, and earned first star honors. Spencer Abbott had the only Toronto goal. Texas outshot the home side 33-18.
It was absolutely not the start that Texas wanted but the first period had promise. The Marlies opened the scoring for the twelfth time in the postseason off a fluke goal. Spencer Abbott passed the puck toward an on-rushing Josh Leivo from the right wing corner below the goal line. The pass never made it to Leivo as it deflected off the stick of Patrik Nemeth and past Cristopher Nilstorp for the 1-0 score. Nilstorp had no chance as he had already been tracking the pass and was squaring himself to Leivo on the left wing. It was the Marlies first shot of the game, even though it really wasn't much of a shot.
Texas torched the Marlies' net the rest of the frame, outshooting Toronto 17-5. That included three Stars power plays that came up empty.
Texas got into penalty trouble themselves in the second period on some questionable calls. Maxime Fortunus got the puck stuck in his gear and was called for closing his hand on the puck as he tried to free it. A few second later, Jyrki Jokipakka was called for tripping. It was a 95 second long two-man advantage for the deadly Toronto power play.
The Stars got the kill and swung the momentum all in one shift. Just after Jokipakka stepped back onto the ice, Texas rushed up the ice on a 4-on-2 against a tired power play crew. That setup an extended visit in the Marlies zone. An initial shot by Derek Meech deflected perfectly to Scott Glennie, who ripped it blocker side high on MacIntyre from the left wing hashmarks to tie it at one.
Shots were 26-11 in favor of the visitors after forty minutes.
Texas just needed that one shot, one rebound, one chance in the third period with things all tied at one. The fourth line continued to show why they are difference makers for the Stars as they got that chance and finished. Matej Stransky rushed in with the initial shot and Taylor Peters followed the rebound.
Peters, who has only played six games in the playoff run, beat out Kevin Marshall for the puck and backhanded it past MacIntyre's glove for the 2-1 lead. With 11 minutes left, Peters' first professional power play goal had put the Stars ahead in Game 5.
With 1:16 left in the third, Drew MacIntyre found his way to the bench for the extra attacker. A Marlies icing infraction and a deflection out of the rink in the Toronto zone put two faceoffs in their defensive zone late in the contest. The home club didn't have a chance to mount much of an offensive on Nilstorp and the Stars sealed up a 2-1 victory.
Game 6 will be Monday night in Cedar Park. A Texas victory would close out the series and send the Stars to the Calder Cup Finals.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Labrie, Guptill, Troock, Hulak, Vause, Wrenn, Byström, Desrosiers (scratched)
Klingberg, Dowling, Campbell, Petersen (injury)
Today's attendance was 5,671.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at Toronto - May 31 2014