The Dallas Stars had hopes of punching their ticket to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2008 on Sunday, but were handed a 4-1 Game 6 loss at home by the St. Louis Blues, sending the series to a do-or-die Game 7.
And the question now becomes whether or not Stars goalie Ben Bishop will be at full strength for the upcoming series finale after an injury scare Sunday before he left the game early.
Bishop went down in the mid-stages of third period after taking a shot from St. Louis defenseman Colton Parayko to the collarbone. The Blues, who led 2-1 at the time, scored while Bishop was down to extend the lead to 3-1. NHL rules do not call for a stoppage of play in such scenarios until the injured player’s team has clear possession of the puck.
Bishop, after being evaluated, opted to stay in the contest, but was pulled in favor of Anton Khudobin less than a minute later when forward Sammy Blais shot one past Bishop to make it a 4-1 lead for St. Louis 8:40 into the third period.
Stars head coach Jim Montgomery told reporters after the game that Bishop underwent precautionary x-rays and looked “fine.”
Montgomery says Bishop is fine and he stayed in the game, they just wanted to put Khudobin in. Montgomery said it was a discretionary call and nothing you can do about it.
— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro)May 5, 2019
The first 46 minutes of the game prior to Bishop’s incident — and the ensuing pair of goals that put St. Louis over the edge — were tightly contested. The teams were tied at 1-1 well into the second period before the Blues scored three unanswered goals to end the game. Tyler Seguin had the lone goal for Dallas in the loss.
Game 7 between the Stars and Blues will be played at 7 p.m. CT Tuesday at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Mo. It will mark the second time in the past four seasons that the teams have encountered each other in a winner-take-all second round contest. Dallas was eliminated on home ice by St. Louis in the 2016 Western Conference Semifinals.