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Oklahoma City Barons: Five different Barons score as OKC closes out Stars

Oklahoma City romped to a 5-1 win over the Texas Stars Thursday night at the Cox Convention Center to advance to the Western Conference finals for the second consecutive year.
by Michael Baldwin Published: May 16, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma City’s Martin Marincin, left, and Taylor Fedun celebrate after Fedun scored in the second period of Thursday’s game against Texas.  PHOTO BY STEVEN CHRISTY, OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS
Oklahoma City’s Martin Marincin, left, and Taylor Fedun celebrate after Fedun scored in the second period of Thursday’s game against Texas. PHOTO BY STEVEN CHRISTY, OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS

The Barons are clicking on all cylinders.

Goaltender Yann Danis and an improved defense helped lead a late-season charge to get into the AHL playoffs.

In the playoffs, the offense has scored 42 goals in 10 games.

Oklahoma City romped to a 5-1 win over the Texas Stars Thursday night at the Cox Convention Center to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the second consecutive year.

Winning their second-round series 4-1, the Barons will have a week off before they open the West finals on the road next weekend at either Toronto or Grand Rapids.

“It feels really good in that locker room right now,” said team captain Josh Green. “We're going to enjoy this one and then get prepared for the next series.”

How hot are the Barons?

Texas goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp had allowed only eight goals in Texas' first six playoff games but surrendered 14 goals to the Barons in three games played at the Cox Convention Center.

“Our offense can wear teams down, especially in a series like this,” said defenseman Taylor Fedun. “We try and forecheck so strong and throw so many pucks on net eventually they start to go in.”

The Barons scored 23 goals in their best-of-5 first-round series against Charlotte and scored 19 against the Stars, the top seed in the Western Conference.

“It's one thing to play good defensively and have good goaltending but you also have to have goal support,” said coach Todd Nelson. “Everybody is contributing. I think we're even more explosive than we were last year.”

With two No. 1 lines — Mark Arcobello, Jonathan Cheechoo and Philippe Cornet on one line and Teemu Hartikainen, Toni Rajala and C.J. Stretch on the other — the Barons pose problems for opposing defenses.

In Thursday's win, the fourth line chipped in a goal after scoring twice in Wednesday's win.

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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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