Stars try to close out Blues in Game 6

Ruben Hill
May 6, 2019

However, St. Louis will respond and deliver in Game 6 because they have an offensive attack that is more potent than Dallas's and eventually all those shots that Stars' goalie Ben Bishop has been saving will add up and begin to pay dividends.

Jason Spezza struck the first blow for the Stars while teammate Esa Lindell then scored, what became the eventual game victor, in the second period to lead Dallas to a crucial 2-1 victory in hostile territory. Bishop left after the fourth goal, which happened a less than a minute after the third, and had x-rays on his collarbone, which came back negative.

While St. Louis maintained possession of the puck while Bishop was down, Stars defenseman John Klingberg thought there should have been a whistle to stop play. St. Louis had an 8-0 advantage in shots on goal before Justin Dowling got the Stars' first 8:25 into the first period.

Bishop had a.936 save percentage and 2.13 GAA going into the game, but stopped 16 of 20 shots on Sunday. Anton Khodobin had five saves in the final 12 minutes in his first action this post-season.

The two quick goals by St. Louis came right after Dallas couldn't score with Binnington sprawled on the ice.

Oskar Sundqvist skated deep into the right circle and passed back across the front of net. "I think the experience of having that Game 6 ..."

"We have to have a mindset better than we had today, and we have to be excited about it, you know?" "None of the guys came in here with their head between their legs". In this league, with the considerable size and reach of the players, we often see goals scored on deflections and pinballed by the goalie as opposed to uncontested clean shots finding the back of the net.

The Stars' 23 shots matched their fewest in the playoffs. The Stars then went almost seven minutes before their first shot of the second period. Zuccarello found Seguin cutting toward the net in the slot, and Seguin's shot trickled through Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington and over the goal line. He scored a goal and dished out nine hits in Sunday's Game Six win. Dallas carried that momentum into the second period, outshooting the Blues 9-4 in the middle frame, but St. Louis got the shot that mattered most. "I think we're wearing teams down through games", Pietrangelo said.

The Stars obviously would've liked to find a way to eliminate the Blues at home, but no one seemed surprised that the series will require Game 7.

But when Bishop made a decision to turn the opportunity to play the puck into a game of chicken with speedy winger Robert Thomas, he invited the St. Louis Blues back into a game in which they couldn't otherwise find traction. Dallas dropped to 25-20 in potential clinchers, 13-7 at home. That had been the last time the Stars clinched a playoff series at home before their Game 6 win over Nashville in the first round this year.

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