2010 Calder Cup Finals: Texas Stars stun Hershey Bears for 2-0 series lead

In the midst of what has become one hell of an entertaining NHL
Stanley Cup finals, there is a big surprise brewing in the AHL’s Calder
Cup finals. The Texas Stars, in their first season in the league, have
absolutely stunned the Hershey Bears in the first two games of the
series.

The Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals,
were the best team in the AHL this past season and were absolutely
dominant at home. The Bears had won 37 of 38 games at home this season,
and no one believed the Stars had a chance to steal any of the games in
Ohio, let alone win the series.

Yet after last night’s 4-3 win, in
which Travis Morin broke a 3-3 tie with 45 seconds remaining in
regulation, the Stars own a 2-0 series lead as the teams head back to
Austin for Games 3, 4 and (possibly) 5.

The Bears have had nearly
11,000 fans at each of the first two games of the series and each time
the fans have left stunned and reeling after the two losses. The Stars
have turned into perhaps one of the more surprising stories and possible
Cup-winning teams, as many felt they were just a team with role players
and a suspect defense.

After they were able to come back and win a
surprising Game 7 against the Hamilton Bulldogs, many felt the Stars were
just banking on Jamie Benn to get as far as they had. Yet against
Hershey, the Stars have proven to be much, much more than that.

The
Bears head to Austin having to answer all the questions about why
they’ve allowed a team like Texas to stun them, as it’s possibly another
instance of a talented and successful team overlooking their opponent.
Everyone expect the Bears to roll the Stars, and now they face a
considerable hole in the series.

Game 3 is tomorrow night in Cedar
Park, Texas.

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    Colin White makes Senators playoff debut, Penguins lineup the same

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    The Stanley Cup Playoffs often feel like a battle of attrition, which only makes the introduction of fresh faces that much more compelling.

    Try this on for size: with their playoff lives on the line, the Ottawa Senators will see the playoff debut of 2015 first-rounder* Colin White against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. It’s also just his third game at the NHL level, overall.

    After rolling with seven defensemen in Game 5, Guy Boucher is opting for a traditional alignment of 12 forwards and six defensemen.

    White has that high-level pedigree and possibly fresh legs – even just relatively speaking – so it’s not out of the question for the 20-year-old center to make an impact.

    Check out the full roster report here (note: Pittsburgh’s going with the same group as Game 5). Scott Wilson is good to go for the Penguins.

    * – 21st overall.

    Boucher on Senators’ resiliency: ‘We’ve always chosen to fight’

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    It’s almost always intriguing to see how a team responds to a tough playoff loss, but that fascination spikes even more if said team fell by an especially lopsided score.

    We’ve seen the Pittsburgh Penguins respond to some blowouts with big wins, but now the shoe is on the other foot; how will the Ottawa Senators rebound from the 7-0 shellacking they suffered in Game 5?

    Well, if you ask Guy Boucher, they’ve developed a track record that shows they’re willing to fight with their backs against the wall.

    Great stuff, right? It’s honestly too bad that Boucher’s defensive system isn’t always as entertaining as his quotes.

    Speaking of how Game 5 feeds into tonight’s Game 6, the video above this post’s headline discusses how Ottawa’s goaltenders might be feeling heading into Tuesday.

    CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE COVERAGE FOR GAME 6

    WATCH LIVE: Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators – Game 6

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    Last night, the Nashville Predators demoralized the Ducks and advanced to their first-ever Stanley Cup Final. Will we learn their opponent tonight or on Thursday?

    That’s up to how the Pittsburgh Penguins and Ottawa Senators perform in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Will Sidney Crosby and the Penguins follow that 7-0 rout with a close-out performance, or will Erik Karlsson and the Senators avenge that embarrassing loss to send this series to a decisive Game 7?

    Find out on NBCSN at tonight. You can also watch the game online and via the NBC Sports App.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Ottawa Senators (Pens lead 3-2)

    Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

    Network: NBCSN (Stream online here)

    Check out the highlights from Pittsburgh’s 7-0 win in Game 5

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    Swedish League champ sees another sign in NHL

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    It’s an offseason of change for SHL champion HV71.

    In the days following the league title, HV71 saw No. 1 goalie Linus Soderstrom sign his ELC with the Isles and d-man Andreas Borgman — the league’s rookie of the year — ink with the Leafs.

    Earlier today, HV71 winger Filip Sandberg signed a two-year deal with San Jose. Shortly after that, Columbus announced it inked Sandberg’s running mate up front, Kevin Stenlund, to a three-year, entry-level deal.

    Stenlund, 20, was the Blue Jackets’ second-round pick (58th overall) at the 2015 draft. He’s coming off a good year, setting career highs in goals, assists, points and games played during the regular season, then adding 10 points in 16 playoff appearances.

    And he might have a chance to build on that campaign.

    Per the Dispatch, the Blue Jackets expect Stenlund to play next year in Sweden, rather than try to make the move overseas. It’s possible the Isles could make the same decision with Soderstrom — meaning it’s not all bad for HV71.