Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 21 shots for his second straight shutout and fourth of the season as the Texas Stars defeated the Oklahoma City Barons 3-0, Friday night at Cox Convention Center.
The Stars, who shut out San Antonio on Wednesday, have a team shutout streak of 156:53. Nilstorp has a personal shutout streak of 146:31.
The victory pushed the Stars points streak to eight games (6-0-1-1) and moved them into second place in the South Division with a 15-8-2-2 record. The Stars trail first place Charlotte by five points, but have three games in hand.
Reilly Smith, Luke Gazdic and Brenden Dillon scored goals for the Stars, who improved to 9-1-1-1 over their last 12 games.
The Stars were impressive in a scoreless first period, outshooting the Barons 15-6 despite Oklahoma City having a 2-1 advantage in power plays.
The Stars took the lead on a controversial goal at 8:21 of the second period. With the two teams playing four-on-four, Cody Eakin drove the net off the rush, put a shot on goal and Smith batted the rebound out of midair into the net, which was just coming off its moorings. There also might have been the question of whether the puck was batted in with a high stick. The officials had a quick discussion and decided it was a good goal, putting the Stars up 1-0.
The Stars killed off two Oklahoma City power plays and then another one that carried into the third period.
With just over eleven minutes left in the game, the Stars came close to extending their lead but a Tomas Vincour backhand attempt hit the post as he broke in on net all alone.
But the Stars did get their 2-0 lead when an Antoine Roussel centering pass off the rush drifted out to the left circle and Gazdic hammered it into the top corner of the net with 9:21 remaining.
The Barons pulled their goaltender with just over two minutes left for the extra attacker, but Dillon sealed the deal with an empty net goal to give the Stars a 3-0 victory.
*Defenseman Tyler Sloan left the game in the second period with an undisclosed injury and did not return.
*Texas Stars goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp over his last eight starts: 7-1-0 record, 1.10 goals against average, .955 save percentage.
*Excluding goals awarded for shootout wins, Texas has allowed six goals over the last seven games.
*Reilly Smith has scored eight goals in the last 11 games.
*The Stars were 5-5 on the penalty kill against the league’s top ranked power play. Over the last seven games, the Stars are 25-26 (96.2 percent) on the penalty kill.
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