Texas Hosts Hamilton Tonight
The Western Conference Finals shift to Cedar Park tonight as Texas - looking to cut into the Bulldogs' 2-0 series lead - hosts Hamilton for Game 3. The Stars have played eight of their first 13 postseason games on the road. Texas is 4-1 on home ice this postseason, while Hamilton is just 3-3 on the road after setting an AHL record with 60 points (27-7-1-5) away from home in the regular season.
The Bulldogs did not trail at any point in securing the first two games of this series, and Hamilton has now won four straight and six of its last seven contests overall. Captain Alex Henry tallied the eventual game-winning goal in Hamilton's 3-1 Game 2 triumph on Sunday, his second goal of the playoffs after not scoring in 68 regular-season matches. Mike Glumac notched his team-leading ninth goal of the postseason (9-3-12) for the Bulldogs and extended his scoring streak to four games (4-1-5) in the process. Ryan Russell rounded out Hamilton's scoring with his third goal in a five-game span (3-1-4). Brock Trotter, who posted a pair of assists in the win, is now riding a three-game scoring streak (3-2-5) and ranks second on the 'Dogs with 14 points (7-7-14) in 14 games. Bulldogs goaltender Curtis Sanford extended his postseason mark to a perfect 4-0 by making 22 of 23 saves on Sunday. Sanford leads all AHL netminders in both goals-against average (1.25) and save percentage (.952) during these playoffs. Texas is 1-3 in its last four games; the one win was a 6-5 decision at Chicago in Game 7 of the division finals, but the Stars have totaled just three goals in the three losses over that span. Warren Peters netted the lone marker of Game 2 for the Stars to snap a five-game goal-scoring drought.
After registering a pair of goals in the series opener, Texas leading playoff scorer Jamie Benn (10-7-17) was held without a point in Game 2 on Sunday. Matt Climie made 27 saves in the Game 2 loss. Hamilton's lone visit to the Cedar Park Center during the regular season came on Oct. 24, and the Bulldogs captured a 2-1 shootout win. Including this series, Hamilton is 16-3-0-1 against the West Division this season and 25-4-0-1 vs. teams from outside the North Division. Home teams are 6-0 during the 2010 conference finals round.
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