After simply getting beaten in a Thursday’s loss to the St. Louis Blues in game one of their first round Stanley Cup Playoff matchup, the Dallas Stars needed a big game out of goalie Ben Bishop in game two. That’s exactly what they got Saturday.
The 32-year-old made 32 saves and multiple highlight-reel stops to quiet an upstart Blues offense in the 4-2 win. The Stars’ strong scoring effort in the first period did the rest, and Dallas leaves St. Louis with the series tied 1-1.
Where Bishop was making highlight-reel plays on defense, Dallas’ rookie superstars followed suit on offense. Roope Hintz opened the scoring in the first, while Miro Heiskanen beat St. Louis rookie Jordan Binnington on a breakaway to give the Stars a 2-0 lead.
The Blues responded on the power play, but just seconds later, Dallas forward Mattias Janmark tucked in a loose puck to make it 3-1. It was the third goal scored between the teams in just 62 seconds. After the Blues drew within a goal early in the third, got interesting late when Hintz drew a costly delay penalty after flipping the puck out of play attempting to clear it.
St. Louis doubled down by pulling Binnington with 1:40 remaining in favor of the extra attacker, but the Stars showed their grit and defensive prowess with a series of key stops in the 6-on-4 situation. Hintz avenged the miscue with an empty net goal with 3 seconds left to seal the win.
Dallas’ inability to score on the power play in these playoffs continued in game two. The Stars were stopped in their only attempt with the man advantage, and dropped to just 5-25 on power plays in the two rounds.
Nonetheless, Dallas once again flexed its muscle on the penalty kill. Bishop and the Stars defensive core held St. Louis to 0-5 with the extra skater- improving to a 21-22 overall penalty kill clip in the playoffs.
The series shifts to Dallas for game three on Monday night. The Blues garnered their only win in the regular season series between the two teams at the American Airlines Center in January.
Puck drop is set for 7:00 central, and the game can be seen on NBC Sports.
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