There will be a deciding game in the best-of-seven game series featuring the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues. On Sunday night, St. Louis was able to score three times in the final two-thirds of Game 6 to even the series at 3-3.
According to ESPN’s report, St. Louis won the latest installment in the West’s second-round series, 4-1. Jaden Schwartz led the effort with a goal and assist, while Alex Pietrangelo and David Perron each added goals. Schwartz’s goal came after a hard shot from Alexander Steen hit Stars goalie Ben Bishop in the left shoulder. It knocked Bishop to the ice as he was stunned by the shot. Schwartz redirected the puck in between the pipes for the score.
The Stars were concerned for their fallen goalie, as a trainer checked on him after the shot took him down. While Bishop seemed OK to stay in the game for a bit, he was soon taken out in favor of backup Anton Khudobin. That’s because the Blues scored another goal on Bishop, the next one thanks to Sammy Blais, in just a 33-second span.
Those two goals in the third period extended St. Louis’ lead to 4-1. Khudobin came into the game for 11 minutes and saved five out of five shots sent towards him in his effort. However, Dallas couldn’t recover.
Some fans and even members of the Dallas Stars believe that maybe there should have been a whistle to stop play when Bishop was down. Despite believing this to be the case, defenseman John Klingberg said after the game, “We can’t change anything right now.” However, Blues coach Craig Berube said the officials “don’t blow the whistle when you have possession.” Berube added, “His mask was still on, so that’s the reason,” that the play wasn’t whistled to a stop.
On the losing side, Tyler Seguin scored Dallas’ lone goal, with Mats Zuccarello and Jamie Benn giving an assist. The Stars appeared to have momentum in the series after winning Game 4 and Game 5. However, this latest win was the biggest margin of victory by either team so far.
The two teams will now shift their focus to the deciding Game 7. That takes place this coming Tuesday in St. Louis. The winner moves on to face either the Colorado Avalanche or San Jose Sharks. That team will also be just four wins away from a Stanley Cup Finals appearance. Game 7 is scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern Time (7 p.m. local) on Tuesday with NBC Sports Network set to televise the matchup.