Bishop steals the show as Stars take game 5

Published on May 4, 2019
The Stanley Cup playoffs are well under way — and not without surprises already.

In Game 4, the Dallas Stars responded to a Game 3 defeat at the hands of the St. Louis Blues with a big game of their own to tie the series up 2-2.  Ben Bishop came back from Game 3 strong, stopping 27-29 shots while Stars put up 4 goals of their own. The newly developed top 2 lines by Stars head coach, Jim Montgomery, were the big discussion throughout the day leading up to Game 4, but they ultimately were a big part of the Stars finishing the game victorious.

The lines would remain the same heading into game 5, minus Dylan Heatherington coming into the lineup for the first time of the playoffs for injured Joel Hanley.

Jason Spezza continues to shine with his third goal of the playoffs 

Early in the period, Mattias Janmark receives a two-line pass out of the zone, and would proceed towards the net. He gets a shot away towards Jordan Bennington after a nifty little stick move to steer clear of Alex Pietrangelo, but it was denied by the Blues netminder.  Janmark would stick with the puck, dump it behind the net where Tyler Seguin was able to pick it up, and as quickly as he gets control of the puck, he released it to Jason Spezza who one-timed it past Bennington to put the Stars up 1-0.

The Blues outshot the Stars 13-11 after the first period of play.

Esa Lindell scored his first career playoff goal to put Dallas up by 2

About six minutes into the second period, the Blues would clear the zone, leaving John Klingberg to pick up the puck and start the play back up the ice again. Alexander Radulov would pick up the deflected pass by Klingberg and start skating towards the St. Louis defensive end.

As soon as he enters the zone, Radulov drops a pass behind him to defenseman Esa Lindell, who would take it in a little deeper into the slot, takes the puck from forehand to backhand, and releases a shot that ricochets off of the skate of Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and goes into the back of the net to put Dallas up by a pair.

A rare puck “mis-handling” by Bishop led to a Blues goal in the third

Ben Bishop is seen around the league as one of the better puck handling goalies in the league.

But after a dump in shot on net by Pietrangelo, Ben Bishop kind of whiffs on the puck, not getting nearly what he probably meant to get on the pass.  Jaden Schwartz would rush into the zone and take a hard slap shot, sending the puck right past Bishop to make it a 1 goal game.

Ben Bishop keeps the Stars ahead throughout the game

Stars goaltender needed to be sharp in this game in order for the Stars to hang on to this game.

With Game 4 going to the Stars, the Blues were going to come out with some fire, and they would pepper Bishop relatively consistently throughout the game, getting 13 shots in the first, 11 shots in the second, and 15 shots in the third.  Bishop would stop 38 of 39 shots made towards to the Stars goal, making several great acrobatic and technical saves in the process.  

No save was bigger than his third period save on Oskar Sundqvist.

Sundqvist would drive the net from Bishop’s right side, and he would cut across the slot trying to out-will the patience of the Stars netminder, however Bishop would kick out the big left leg pad to deny that game-tying opportunity late in the game.

The Stars would defeat the Blues 2-1 to go up 3 games to 2 in the series, putting St. Louis on the brink of elimination coming into Game 6.

Game 6 will be on Sunday, May 5th at 2:00pm at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Ian Shidlofsky is a Sports Columnist at Grit Daily. Based in Dallas, Texas and a hockey fanatic, Shidlofsky primarily covers the NHL. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Colorado State University.

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