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Bishop’s injury, controversial no-call haunt Stars in Game 6 loss

Bishop’s injury, controversial no-call haunt Stars in Game 6 loss


St. Louis’ Colton Parayko is known for one of the hardest slap-shots in the NHL. In the Dallas Stars’4-1 loss in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals, goalie Ben Bishop became very aware of that.

Parayko’s shot hit Bishop on the left side of an unpadded area near his neck midway through the third period. He immediately sprawled on the ground in pain, while St. Louis’ Jaden Schwartz scored with an empty net to give the Blues a 3-1 lead on a controversial no-call. According to National Hockey League rules, officials can’t rule plays dead- even due to injury- until the injured player’s team possesses the puck. Dallas never could gain possession, and the Blues took advantage.

Even then, NHL rules also stipulate that officials can blow a play dead at any time if a player is “seriously” injured. Furthermore, goalies receive special protection if they lose equipment or hurt- referees can blow plays dead if a goalie’s helmet falls off.

There’s no consensus on the ruling, but retired NHL referee Kerry Fraser took to Twitter to weigh in on the call.

So if Ben Bishop’s mask came off or he flipped it off, the whistle could have been blown with him down, in obvious pain & unable to get up to defend his net??? Absurd assumption & application of the playing rules or player protection! NBC was fed fake news!!

Despite being clearly injured, Bishop stayed in the game. St. Louis literally added insult to injury when rookie Sammy Blais- playing in his first ever playoff game- scored on a 2-on-0 breakaway to give the Blues a three-goal cushion.

Bishop was unable to raise his left arm (his glove side) on the breakaway in obvious pain. Backup Anton Khoudobin entered in net immediately after.

Unfortunately for Dallas, star rookie Roope Hintz also left in the first after taking a puck off of his lower body. He did not return in the game.

On the few bright notes for Dallas, Tyler Seguin scored the Stars’ only power play goal. Still, the Stars are just 7-of-33 on the power play in the postseason. It did continue its biggest strength, however, with four penalty kills in the game.

After failing to clinch on home ice, Dallas moves it focus to game seven and hoping Bishop and Hintz are healthy enough to play Tuesday night.

That brings up bad memories for many Stars fans- Dallas lost game seven of the 2016 semifinals to St. Louis in a 6-1 onslaught at home after a hard-fought series.

Puck drop is set for 7:00 from the Enterprise Center, and the game can be watched on NBC Sports Network.

Staff Writer covering the Texas Rangers for Dallas Sports Fanatic. Current journalism student at the University of Missouri. Christ follower, sports fanatic, easy-going cat who isn't picky.

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