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The Texas Stars won 5-4 in overtime to take a 2-1 lead over the Tucson Roadrunners. Plus, Washington advances to the Conference Finals for the first time in 20 years, Nashville and Winnipeg are going to Game 7, and more.

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The Dallas Stars might be sitting at home this postseason, but their AHL affiliate — the Texas Stars — are still alive in the Calder Cup Playoffs. The Stars beat the Tucson Roadrunners 5-4 in overtime last night to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Here are the goals from the evening, starting with Stars prospect Roope Hintz:

Early in the second, Tucson would tie it up, but Jason Dickinson quickly answered to put the Stars back ahead:

Later, Brian Flynn woud find the back of the net to increase the lead to two:

The Roadrunners would cut the lead in half, but Gavin Bayreuther scored the last goal of an exciting second to keep the Stars up by two heading into the third:

Unfortunately for Texas, Tucson scored twice in the third to send the game into overtime. Thankfully Sheldon Dries was there to save the day:

You can read a recap of the game here.

Other Stars News

More good news for Texas yesterday: they’ll officially be in a normal division next year!

Got any questions for Sean Shapiro’s mailbag? Drop them here: [The Athletic]

Day One at the 2018 NHL Draft is sold out, but tickets are still available for Day Two!

Stanley Cup Playoff Update

They finally pulled it off: the Washington Capitals eliminated the two-time defending champions last night, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 in overtime. [Japers’ Rink]

We were this close to starting the Conference Finals, but the Nashville Predators ruined the fun, shutting out the Winnipeg Jets 4-0. [On the Forecheck]

On the bright side, we get to watch a Game 7 between the two teams, which should make every hockey fan happy. The teams will have two days of rest, finishing it up on Thursday night. Or perhaps early Friday morning?

Around the League

In case you thought that Filip Forsberg goal from above was a fluke, spoiler alert: it wasn’t.

After years of playoff disappointment, things finally seem to be clicking together for the Capitals. [NBC Sports]

The best playoff teams are able to overcome their injuries. But what if the Tampa Bay Lightning don’t have to?

Down Goes Brown ranked the potential Stanley Cup final matchups in his Weekend Wrap, although some are obsolete now that the Penguins have been eliminated. [Sportsnet]

The San Jose Sharks are in a weird place heading into the offseason. Here are three major decisions they need to make that will alter the immediate future of the franchise. [The Hockey News]

Finally, here’s a reminder that sometimes the most unpopular draft picks end up being the best: