The Hot Corner | Stars Take Series Lead

The Dallas Stars fans cheering behind the Kraken bench after a Stars goal. Joel Hanley is at the bottom of the photo. | Image by Dallas Stars/Twitter

The Dallas Stars returned home for Game 5 of their second-round playoff series against the Seattle Kraken, the Texas Rangers began a series in Oakland, and the Frisco RoughRiders continued their homestand.

Here is what happened on the ice, on the field, and behind the scenes.


Dallas Stars (lead series 3-2)

Last Game: Stars 5, Seattle Kraken 2

Roope Hintz’s two-goal night led the Stars as they claim their first lead of the series before heading back to Seattle for Game 6. Dallas scored the first three goals of the game, and Hintz scored a crucial third-period goal (that had to be reviewed) to erase the momentum Seattle had built in the second period.

Noteworthy: Hintz tallied three points for the fourth time this postseason, tying a franchise record. He is tied for the postseason points lead with Leon Draisaitl with 18.

— Joe Pavelski scored his seventh goal of the series, tying Tony McKegney and Steve Payne for the franchise record in one series and becoming the oldest NHL player to accomplish the feat.

— The Stars are one win away from reaching the Western Conference Finals.

Next Up: Stars at Kraken, Game 6, 6 p.m. CT Saturday



Texas Rangers (23-14, first in American League West)

Last Game: Rangers 4, Oakland Athletics 0

An RBI single from Leody Taveras broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning, and the Rangers added runs in the sixth and seventh. Nathan Eovaldi held Oakland to three hits over eight and two-thirds innings while striking out 12 to earn the win.

Noteworthy: Eovaldi has now gone at least eight innings in his last three starts while only giving up one run. He has a 5-2 record with 56 strikeouts, a 2.70 ERA, and a 0.99 WHIP.

— Catcher Jonah Heim doubled in the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

— The Rangers remain in first place in the AL West and are off to their best start since 2012.

Next Up: Rangers at Athletics (8-31), 8:40 p.m. CT Friday



Frisco RoughRiders (13-17, fourth in Texas League South Division, tied seventh in AA Texas League)

Last Game: Wichita Wind Surge 8, RoughRiders 6

The RoughRiders lost their fifth consecutive game and third of the current series against Wichita on Thursday, surrendering a 5-2 lead in the process. Wichita tied the game on a Brooks Lee sacrifice fly in the seventh, and Wichita scored three more in the ninth. The RoughRiders brought the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, but Trevor Hauver struck out with a man on second to end the game.

Noteworthy: Starting pitcher Jack Leiter had one of his best games of the season, keeping Wichita scoreless with eight strikeouts in five innings.

— Rangers shortstop Corey Seager began a rehab assignment with Frisco on Thursday. He went 1-3 with a double that scored the game’s first two runs.

— The RoughRiders tied a franchise record with seven errors.

— Luisangel Acuna, Dustin Harris, and Scott Kapers all hit home runs. It was the third time Frisco has combined for three home runs in one game this season.

— Pitchers Nick Krauth and Grant Wolfram have been promoted to Triple-A Round Rock.

Next Up: Wind Surge (13-17) at RoughRiders, 7:05 p.m. CT Friday

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