By Jim Byers, on 05/09/2013

Oklahoma City Barons at Texas Stars    

Calder Cup Playoffs  |  Series “K” Western Conference Semifinal  |  Game 1
May 9, 2013, 7:30 pm CDT  | Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, TX
Radio: KXY 96.1 FM
AHL Media Kit:
OVERVIEW: Having won staved off elimination in the final 2 games of an opening-round series against Charlotte with 8-1 and 6-2 road wins, the Barons open a best-of-7, second-round matchup with the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars) at Cedar Park Center. The Barons finished the regular season 8-3-0-1 against Texas, including a 4-1-0-1 record at Cedar Park. OKC entered the Calder Cup playoffs as the 5th seed in the Western Conference with 91 points and is the lowest remaining seed to advance to the conference semifinal. Texas had a conference-best 97 points.
WE MEET AGAIN: The Barons and Stars met 12 times in the regular season, with OKC winning 8, 4 in each city. Each team had a shootout win. All 3 of Texas’ regulation wins were shutouts, 2 by Jack Campbell and the other by Cristopher Nilstorp. OKC won the final 3 matchups in the regular season, the last on April 5 on a goal by Tanner House with 14.6 seconds remaining. This is the first playoff series between the teams. All-time, the Barons are 20-9-0-3 against the Stars, with a 10-5-0-1 mark at Cedar Park Center.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: The Barons defeated Charlotte 3 games to 2 in the opening round, winning the final 2 games on the road 8-1 (Friday) and 6-2 (Saturday). Saturday’s game was the first winner-take-all contest in Barons’ history and upped their record in 3 seasons of Calder Cup play to 2-2 in elimination games. The Barons tallied 23 goals in 5 first-round games. Yann Danis played the entire series in net for the Barons, going 3-2 with a 2.97 goals-against average and .913 save percentage. Texas split the first 2 games of its series with Milwaukee at the BMO Harris Bradley Center before taking both games at home, 2-0 on May 1 and 2-1 on Friday. Cristopher Nilstorp tended goal in all 4 games (3-1, 0.96, .963).
RED RIVER ROUNDUP: Texas had a winning record against 11 of the 14 teams it faced this season. The only teams the Stars had a losing record against were Hamilton (0-2-0-0), Chicago (1-3-0-0) and OKC (4-7-0-1). The Stars had the league’s best road record at 25-9-3-1 (.711), but went 2-4-0-0 at OKC. The Barons were 11-for-49 (22.4%) on the power play against Texas, 10-for-27 (37.0) in the first 6 games when Edmonton Oilers Justin Schultz, Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were in the AHL. OKC was 1-for-22 in the final 6 games after an agreement was reached to begin the NHL season. Texas was 11-for-51 on the man advantage against OKC (21.6), 5-for-25 in the first 6 meetings and 6-for-26  in the final 6. The Barons were 5-1-0-0 against Texas with Eberle, et al., in the lineup and 3-2-0-1 without them.
PLAYOFF PATTER:  OKC was 12-for-12 on the penalty kill in its 3 wins against Charlotte and 7-for-12 in the 2 losses. The Barons’ were 5-for-25 on the power play against the Checkers, scoring a playoff club record 3 man advantage goals on May 3 while adding 2 power play tallies. Friday’s 8-1 win set Barons all-time playoff highs for goals in a game and margin of victory. The 8 goals matched the second-highest total in any Barons game, joining an 8-2 win at Houston in the first regular season road game in club history Oct. 17, 2010. The club records for goals and margin of victory in any game, regular season or playoff, was set in a 10-1 win over Texas Oct. 15, 2011. Josh Green and Toni Rajala each had points in all 5 games of the first round, while Teemu Hartikainen had a goal and 2 assists in each of the last 2 games.
WINS AND LOSSES: OKC has not had a 2-game losing streak since Jan. 13-18 (in the AHL, only regulation and overtime defeats count toward losing streaks). Including the first round, the Barons have gone 42 games without a 2-game losing streak. From Jan. 19 through the end of the regular season, the Barons went 22-9-0-6, a .676 standing point percentage second only to Providence’s .800 mark (31-7-0-2).
FINISHING WITH A FLOURISH: The Barons finished the regular campaign by winning 3 straight, 4 of their last 5 and 6 of their final 8 contests. Their 8-2-0-1 record in April made it their most successful month of the campaign. Yann Danis went 10-2-3 with 2 shutouts, a 1.78 goals-against average and .931 save percentage in his final 15 games to finish the regular season after being loaned by Edmonton in mid-March.
Opening Round Results:
Date        Opp.   Result      OKC Goalie (GA,SV) Opp. Goalie               Attn. 
April 26    Cha      L, 3-4 (OT) Danis (4, 24)                 Madore (3, 30)             2,043
April 27    Cha      W, 5-2       Danis (2, 33)                 Madore (4, EN, 26)       1,990
May 1      @ Cha L, 1-6        Danis (6, 27)                 Madore (1, 37)             3,021
May 3      @ Cha W, 8-1       Danis (1, 24)                 Madore (L) / Murphy     4,925
May 4      @ Cha W, 6-2       Danis (2, 49)                 Madore (L) / Muse        3,381
Remaining Series Schedule (all times Central):
Date         Opp.            Site                            Time     Broadcast
May 11     Texas         Cedar Park Center          7:30     KXY 96.1 FM
May 13     Texas         Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
May 15     Texas         Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
May 16*   Texas         Cox Center                      7:00     KXY 96.1 FM
May 20*   Texas         Cedar Park Center          7:30     KXY 96.1 FM
May 21*   Texas         Cedar Park Center          7:30     KXY 96.1 FM

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