The Texas Stars have the No. 1 power-play unit in the 30-team American Hockey League. Tuesday night, the Barons scored two short-handed goals but also surrendered two power-play goals, including Chris Mueller's game-winner 46 seconds into overtime that lifted the Stars to a 6-5 win.
The Barons' penalty kill got off to a good start. Ben Eager was whistled for a double-minor spearing penalty three minutes into the game. Coach Todd Nelson rotated in 11 different players on the four-minute penalty kill. The Stars fired only one shot on goal on the extended power play.
“The penalty kill slowly has been getting better,” said the Barons' Curtis Hamilton, who scored two goals. “At the start of the year it was a little tough. Special teams are a big part of the game. We've just got to keep working at it.”
NEW YEAR'S EVE MAGIC
For the second straight year, the Barons scored two goals seconds apart in their traditional New Year's Eve game.
Will Acton and Hamilton, who scored two goals each, scored 23 seconds apart late in the first period to give the Barons a 2-0 lead. Last New Year's Eve Jordan Eberle scored two goals nine seconds apart.