The Texas Stars playing in their franchise first Calder Cup playoff series started on the right skate by beating the Rockfor IceHogs 2-1 in front of 5,862 fans at the Cedar Park Center on Friday night. Stars' goalie Brent Krahn kept 27 of the 28 pucks heading for the back to the net from hitting paydirt earning him the number one star of the game.
The Stars went on top 1-0 at 17:41 of the second period as newly acquired forward Jamie Benn showed some of the magic that led him to be the 3rd highest scoring rookie in the NHL this season collecting 22 goals for the Dallas Stars. Center Travis Morin found Benn streaking alone toward the goal and Benn rewarded him by neatly placing the puck between the legs of IceHogs' goalie Corey Crawford.
Right Winger Raymond Sawada back on the ice after missing the last part of the season with an injury made the score 2-0 by poking a rebound in the crease past a crowd of players and into the goal with only 9 seconds remaining in the second period.
The IceHogs finally found a way to get the puck past Krahn at 7:56 of the final frame although not without a little controversy. IceHogs' left wing Rob Klinkhammer managed to slide a rebound past Krahn and as the puck was hugging the line Stars' left wing and captain Landon Wilson grabbed the puck seemingly before it crossed the line entirely, but the referee ruled that the puck had in fact completely crossed the line.
Krahn was impenetrable stopping everything that came his way for the remainder of the game.
The series continues tonight with game 2 at the Cedar Park Center. The IceHogs will be without their leading scorer Kyle Greentree while he serves a one game suspension for a nasty cross-check in the final seconds of Friday nights' game. The incident led to one of several scuffles during the game and only seemed to increase the hostilities between the 2 teams. This should make for a very interesting game tonight.