The Grand Rapids Griffins got the start they wanted, but couldn’t expand on that great start.
Teemu Pulkkinen scored just 36 seconds into the game, but the Texas Stars scored seven unanswered goals in a 7-1 Game 6 win at Cedar Park, Texas, to advance to the Western Conference final against the Toronto Marlies.
Petr Mrazek had played every minute of every game for the Griffins during the playoffs, but the Stars chased him early in the second period after he gave up his fourth goal.
The Griffins pulled their goalie with 14 minutes remaining in the third period in an attempt to get some sort of offense going down 5-1.
My reaction was similar to George Malik’s of Kukla’s Korner:
Blashill pulls the goalie with 14 minutes left????????????
— George Malik (@georgemalik) May 19, 2014
Texas had two opportunities from its own zone to score on the empty net but barely missed on both.
Grand Rapids took two penalties following the missed empty-net opportunities and killed one of the penalties, but the Stars scored on a five-on-four to make the score 6-1.
The Griffins got a power play a few minutes later and pulled the goalie again, but Dustin Jeffrey scored from 175 feet out to make the score 7-1.
The Griffins were heavily outshot registering just 12 shots to the Stars’27 through the first two periods. The final shots were 34-24 in favor of the Stars.
The Griffins gave the Stars too many opportunities on the power play, taking six penalties, including two five-on-threes, all of which came in the second and third periods.
Turnovers also hurt the Griffins as they appeared out of sync and not at all like the team that took two straight games in Grand Rapids earlier this week.
How did the Red Wings do?
Riley Sheahan had the assist on the Pulkkinen goal, two shots and was even in the plus/minus category.
Tomas Jurco had four shots on goal and was an even in plus/minus.
Cory Emmerton was a minus-two with no shots on goal.