Stars’ goalkeeper Ben Bishop had one of his more impressive outings in a Stars uniform Tuesday with a 2-0 shutout win over the Calgary Flames at the AAC.
With Calgary sitting just one point behind the Stars in the Western Conference wild-card hunt, the Tuesday night matchup puts added pressure for the Stars to deliver with a victory.
Those points looked like they were to be earned in come-from-behind fashion early in the first period. Just over 11 minutes in, both Marc Methot and Antoine Roussel were sent to the box, giving Calgary a 5-on-3 for almost an entire two minutes.
A couple great plays as a unit defensively and a couple big saves from Bishop later, the Stars were able to kill the Flames power-play without any damage against them.
Throughout the remainder of the game, Dallas was able to kill all six Flames advantages.
Late in the first period, with only 38.5 seconds before the horn, Devin Shore was able to connect off a beautiful feed from Remi Elie to make it 1-0 heading into the first intermission.
Then, just about halfway through the second period, Jamie Benn fed Tyler Seguin to push the Stars lead to 2-0, and for Seguin’s 32nd goal of the season.
From then on out, it was the Ben Bishop show, stopping all 38 of Calgary’s shots and continued to show what Dallas really can have at goalie.
“We have to find different ways to win,” Bishop said. “The guys did a good job in front of me… we all believe in each other. It’s only one win but we have to keep building.”
This is his 5th shutout of the season and one where Head Coach Ken Hitchcock really thought the defense could’ve done more for Bishop in the first place.
“What did we give up? 30 scoring chances? Ben was great. He did his job and held us together,” Hitch said. “We need a lot better play…I think everybody’s given Ben a big hug today.”
Dallas was outshot 38-26 over the game but won 58% of face-offs and blocked 23 shots, something the Dallas blue line has improved steadily on all season long.
With the win, Dallas remains in the top Wild Card position, but are still three points behind the Wild for third in the Central.
Dallas takes the ice again at home against Tampa Bay, Thursday at 7:30 pm CT.
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