The Blues Roll Through The Stars To Force a Game 7

Published on May 5, 2019

After a 2-1 victory in St. Louis two days ago, the Stars have put the Blues on the brink of elimination. The Stars sought to end what has been considered a wildly entertaining series between two division foes.

Game 6 on Sunday was their first opportunity to end the series. The Blues have excelled on the road during this post-season, losing only 1 out of 5 games. With Game 6 being in Dallas, they wanted to continue their current span of road success to keep their season alive.

Pietrangelo Wastes No Time Getting Game 6 Started

It only took 1:03 for the Blues captain to score the game’s opening goal.

After several passes in tight to Ben Bishop’s left, the puck gets sent up to the point to the stick of Alex Pietrangelo. He would do a little bit of puck handling as he carried it into the zone. He sent a wrist shot through a crowd in front of Bishop and it sailed right by the blocker of the Stars netminder for a 1-0 lead.

Seguin Responds With a Powerplay Goal

About 11 minutes into the first period, Vince Dunn was found guilty of a slashing infraction. This would give the Stars their first powerplay opportunity of the game.

The Stars started the play with quick puck movement around the zone, keeping the Blues on their toes. John Klingberg starts the play by drawing in the Blues penalty killers. This allowed his other teammates to break free for a pass. Jamie Benn would receive a pass from Klingberg, who would immediately look across the ice to Mats Zuccarello. He would then pass into the slot for Tyler Seguin, who would shoot a quick one-timer that almost beat Jordan Bennington, but ended up right behind him instead. However, with some quick follow up, Seguin was able to tap it in for a 1-1 tie before the first period ended.

Perron Strikes on a Rush Into the Zone

The Blues didn’t get a lot of opportunities to put shots on Bishop in the second, but they wouldn’t need a lot either.

Carl Gunnarson would feed a pass to Oskar Sundqvist from back in his own defensive end, and he would take the puck into Dallas territory. Perron would quietly sneak into the zone across the slot, and Sundqvist would deliver a perfect pass to Perron, who taps it in for the Blues to re-take the lead 2-1.

Bishop Goes Down, But Blues Go Up 3-1

About halfway through the third period, the Blues would take advantage of an unfortunate situation for the Stars that extended their lead.

Colton Parayko would launch a rocket of a shot towards the net that caught Bishop up high. He would go down to the ground, clearly in some discomfort, but play would continue. Alexander Steen would pick up the rebound, send a shot towards the net, and Jaden Schwartz deflected it past the downed Bishop for a 3-1 advantage.

Though Stars fans were less than thrilled that this goal was allowed to stand, because the Stars did not possess the puck after the apparent injury to Bishop, play was allowed to continue on.

Moments Later, St. Louis Puts in the Dagger

33 seconds later, the Blues struck again.

Benn would turn over the puck in the offensive end, and Ryan O’Reilly chipped a pass to Sammy Blais for a breakaway opportunity. Blais wound up for a slap shot from the top of the circle and beat Bishop to put the Blues up for good 4-1. After this goal, Bishop was yanked and Anton Khudobin would come in for the first time this postseason.

The final shot count to the game was 25-23 in favor of St. Louis after game 5’s rout.

Game 7 will be back in St. Louis on Tuesday, May 7th at 7:00 PM CT.

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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