Dallas Stars made a huge step towards the Western Conference finals last night. The guests from Texas defeated St. Louis Blues at the Enterprise Center with 2-1, and now lead in series with 3-2.
What is more important is that the Stars play at home Game 6 which dramatically increases their chances of advancing to the next round.
Tonight’s match was very interesting and intense. It could be said that the absolute hero of the visiting team was goalie Ben Bishop who kept his composure under heavy pressure in the final few minutes.
Bishop had 38 saves, and 14 of them were in the last period, 8 taking place after Blues scored their first goal and cut the deficit to 2-1.
The home team was shocked after only 2:42 of the first sequence, when Jason Spezza scored an opener. Tyler Seguin sent him a pass from behind the net, and Stars’ center hit a one-timer which placed the puck behind Jordan Binnington’s back.
After that nothing particularly interesting happened. Goaltenders were in focus, and Bishop made 13 saves, while on the other hand, Binnington who had 25 saves throughout the entire contest also had a couple of good reactions.
With 6:13 into the second, Esa Lindell double the lead for the Stars. His shot deflected off Jay Bouwmeester and deceived Binnington who couldn’t do anything this time.
After that, the home team became more desperate, and they went all in in the last period. That paid off with Jaden Schwartz’s goal at 8:26 of that part of the game.
It came after Bishop’s mistake, when Dallas’ goalie delivered the puck directly to Schwartz who instantly fired a one-timer and gave hope for his team that they might tie this contest.
Still, the veteran 32-year old goalie rescued himself with a couple of excellent interventions over the final few minutes, setting up a fantastic position for his team, and a chance to win the series.
One of them was when he stopped Oskar Sundqvist late in the game, when the entire Enterprise Center saw the puck into the net.
Series is going back to Dallas, to the American Airlines Center. Game 6 starts at 3 p.m. local time.