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MacIntyre's Shutout Helps Wolves Avoid Elimination, Force Game 7

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ROSEMONT, Ill.---Chicago Wolves goaltender Drew MacIntyre stopped all 28 shots he faced to keep Chicago’s season alive with a 2-0 win over the Texas Stars in Game 6 of the West Division Finals at the Allstate Arena Sunday night.

The best-of-seven series is tied at three games apiece, with Game 7 slated to be played at the Allstate Arena on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

MacIntyre (1-1), who had three shutouts in 41 regular-season games, picked up his first blanking of the playoffs and the team’s third. The game marked his first start this postseason, and first since April 3.

Right wings Anthony Stewart and Joey Crabb scored for Chicago (7-6), while forwards Matt Anderson and Tim Stapleton each added two assists.

“That was playoff goaltending; you’ve got to hand MacIntyre a lot of credit,” said Wolves Head Coach Don Lever. “We were fighting for our lives and playing desperate, but we did a nice job protecting the lead. It’s an even field now.”

Stewart gave the Wolves a 1-0 lead with his team-leading ninth goal of the playoffs at 12:28 of the first period. Working on the power play, Anderson passed to Stapleton to the right of the crease. Stapleton moved in, slipped a centering pass to the top of the crease, where Stewart pushed it over the line past Stars goaltender Brent Krahn.

Krahn, who has started all 10 playoff games for Texas (7-3), left the game at 14:59 of the first period and was replaced by backup Matt Climie, who made 26 saves in 43:05 of action.

Crabb gave the Wolves a 2-0 edge, 6:06 into the third period. Anderson threw the puck up the ice for a streaking Crabb, who drove towards the net and took a swipe at the bouncing puck, missing before succeeding in knocking it past Climie on his second try.

Texas 0 0 0 -- 0

Chicago 1 0 1 -- 2

First Period---1, Chicago, Stewart 9 (Stapelton, Anderson), 12:28 pp. Penalties---Welch, Chicago (hooking), 2:34; Machacek, Chicago (cross-checking), 6:44; Hutchinson, Texas (hooking), 11:53; Jancevski, Texas (hooking), 12:54; Peters, Texas (tripping), 17:01.

Second Period---None. Penalties---Bench, Texas (too many men), 2:12; Welch, Chicago (hooking), 7:09; McCulloch, Texas (boarding), 11:01; Wilson, Texas (roughing), 14:25; Kaip, Chicago (roughing), 14:25; Ludwig, Texas (high-sticking), 17:34.

Third Period---2, Chicago, Crabb 6 (Anderson, Stapleton), 6:06; Penalties---Krog, Chicago (hooking), 0:36; Kaip, Chicago (hooking), 7:13.

Shots on goal---Texas: 11-8-9--28. Chicago: 13-9-12--34. Power plays---Texas: 0-5. Chicago: 1-6. Goalies---Texas, Krahn (6-7), replaced by Climie (26-27) at 14:59. Chicago, MacIntyre (28-28). A---3,316. Referee---David Banfield. Linesmen---Brian Oliver and Bryan Pancich.
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