"They" said it couldn't be done. The Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) had not lost a game on home ice since March 21st. No one told the Texas Stars. The Stars emerged victorious from Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals to take a 1-0 series lead. Texas has now won 3 straight road games.
The Stars fell behind early in the second but rallied back with two unanswered goals. Greg Rallo, who played against the Bears in the Calder Cup Final with the Manitoba Moose, scored the first goal, using defenseman Karl Alzner as a screen to beat Michal Neuvirth from 10 feet inside the offensive zone.
Winger Scott McCulloch scored the game winner on an unassisted effort early in third. In the Stars zone, Bears winger Chris Bourque attempted a behind the back pass to Bears defenseman Sean Collins which was cut off by McCulloch. Scott flew up the left wing boards, cutting to the center with a sick deke around a prone Chris Bourque, and beat Neuvirth on the backhand five-hole. The unassisted tally for McCulloch was his 3rd of the postseason.
Matt Climie had 26 saves on 27 shots in the game. Neither team scored on the power play, despite 4 opportunities for the Stars.
Full recap on Hundred Degree Hockey, including YouTube highlights and postgame interviews. The Stars and Bears face off again on Saturday at 6:00 PM CDT.
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