DANIS POSTS A SHUTOUT
Texas Stars goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp has been the hottest goalie during the American Hockey League playoffs, but Barons goalie Yann Danis has been hot for two months.
Danis stopped all 30 shots Monday night in a Barons 4-0 win that gave Oklahoma City a 2-1 edge in a second-round, best-of-7 Western Conference series.
“When we were up 2-0 late in the second period he made a huge glove save on a one-timer,” said Oklahoma City coach Todd Nelson. “That might have been the defining moment of this game.”
Since he returned from Edmonton, the 31-year-old Quebec, Canada, product is 16-4-4 with a 1.93 goals against average and .931 saves percentage.
“We wanted to make a statement here at home,” Danis said. “It probably was our best game of the series. We played well from the get-go. We're playing some good hockey, but we have to keep it going because they're a good team.”
ARCOBELLO SCORES 6th GOAL
Barons forward Mark Arcobello scored his sixth goal of the playoffs. Arcobello has scored one goal in all three games of the series.
An AHL All-Star whose strength is assists (he had 46 during the regular season), Arcobello is among the AHL playoff scoring leaders with 10 points.
“That's the way it goes sometimes,” Arcobello said. “Sometimes everything you shoot goes in. Sometimes you get 10 shots and not score. I've been getting in the right areas and finishing my chances.”
THREE PLAYERS ASSIGNED TO OKC
The Edmonton Oilers assigned center Travis Ewanyk and defensemen Martin Gernat and David Musil from the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League to Oklahoma City.
Musil was Edmonton's second round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. Ewaynk, 19, was Edmonton's third round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. Gernat, also 19, has played in 83 games with the Oil Kings the past two seasons.
It's doubtful the three young players will play in the series but the Oilers want to give them a taste of the AHL since they could be in the mix next season to play in Oklahoma City.
OIL SPILLS ...
The Barons outshot the Stars 31-30. That's the first time in the series they've outshot Texas. ... Barons general manager Bill Scott's wife, Amy, gave birth to the couple's first child on Sunday, a daughter named Ava. ... The Barons killed off all five penalties. ... Games 4 and 5 are Wednesday night and Thursday night at the Cox Convention Center.
BY MIKE BALDWIN