Texas lived and died by special teams this season. One of the best teams on the power play in the regular season, they were dogged by a brutally inefficient penalty kill all year. Tonight's contest was no exception to that general theme. The Stars fell 6-2 to end their season in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight season.
The Gulls and Stars traded goals in the first period, but the special teams battle was in full effect in the second. Late in the first, two unnecessary penalties put Texas at a 5-on-3 disadvantage to start the second. Chris Mueller scored the second-fastest goal against the Stars in franchise history. Seven seconds into the second period, the final dagger was already in the body. San Diego would add another on the 5-on-4 that ensued.
Finally, as Texas got some luck with a power play at the midpoint of the frame, Julius Honka turned over a puck at the center line and gave up a shorthanded rush and eventual goal.
Texas had its best chance to score all night with a five minute major late in the second. Mattias Backman was boarded hard by Corey Tropp to earn the penalty. They would come up empty on the power play. Brett Ritchie would score an ultimately meaningless goal at the end of the third and the Gulls notched an empty netter to set the final score.
Jack Campbell got the start but was pulled after the fourth goal. Maxime Lagace finished the game.
Injuries, scratches, and notes:
Shore, Ully, Troock, Rallo (injury)
Ruusu, Evans, Kane, Smith (scratch)
Tonight's attendance was not available.
AHL Gamesheet - Texas at San Diego - April 29 2016