Jaden Schwartz - Brayden Schenn - Vladimir Tarasenko
Sammy Blais - Ryan O’Reilly - David Perron
Pat Maroon - Tyler Bozak - Robert Thomas
Ivan Barbashev - Oskar Sundqvist - Alexander Steen
Joel Edmundson - Alex Pietrangelo
Jay Bouwmeester - Colton Parayko
Vince Dunn - Carl Gunnarsson
First Period -
The Blues took an early 1-0 lead in this one thanks to the captain, Alex Pietrangelo. Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn almost combined for the first Blues goal. However, it was Joel Edmundson, Pietrangelo and A LOT of traffic in front. Joel Edmundson gathered the loose puck after the Tarasenko/Schenn chance. Edmundson passed the puck to an open Pietrangelo. Pietrangelo fired a wrister on net that Bishop had no chance of seeing. Good guys take the lead.
The first period never really had a flow thanks to the ref show that was going on. Six penalties were called in the first period alone. One of them gave the Stars a power play. To which the Stars tied the game at one. Tyler Seguin fired a puck on net. Binnington had most of the shot stopped, but Seguin followed his shot in and tapped the puck the rest of the way across the line.
Shots after one were 10-7 in favor of the Blues.
Second Period -
Late in the second period (which somehow had no penalties called) David Perron tipped an Oskar Sundqvist pass past Bishop for a 2-1 advantage. Nice effort Klingberg...NOT.
Shots after 2 were 9-4 in favor of the Stars. Yeah, the Blues only had 4 shots on goal that period but got the lone goal.
Third Period -
With about 12 and a half minutes to go, the Blues scored to make it 3-1. Colton Parayko unleashed a hell of a slapshot that took out Ben Bishop. The play however continued and Alexander Steen collected the loose puck. Steen fired the puck (with Bishop still down) and Jaden Schwartz tipped the puck on goal and in. It seemed the play was never stopped because Steen had controlled the puck right after Bishop went down. If he had lost his mask, or if a Stars player had controlled the puck, we might have had a different outcome to this sequence.
Bishop continued in this game, and so did the Blues assault. About 40 seconds later, Ryan O’Reilly and a returning to the lineup Sammy Blais combine for the Blues fourth goal of the day. O’Reilly stole the puck and got it to Blais. Both of them skated up ice on a two on none. Blais kept the puck himself and fired a shot on net. Blais beat Bishop to make it 4-1. Bishop was taken out of the game at this point and did not return.
The Blues win this one behind a solid third period 4-1. The Blues continued the stat of the series - The team that had the lead after two periods is yet to lose. Final shot totals were 25-23 in favor of the Blues. Game 7 is Tuesday night in St. Louis.
From The Twitter:
His slapshot is one of the many reasons that I am glad I never became a goaltender.
Parayko on when was last time he ever knocked down a goalie with his slap shot: "I have no idea, to be honest. That's a good question, I couldn't tell you." #stlblues— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) May 5, 2019
Random Brad Boyes references for the win.
Sammy Blais is the 12th player in @StLouisBlues history to score a goal in his #StanleyCup Playoffs debut and first since Brad Boyes in Game 1 of the 2009 Conference Quarterfinals. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/iS3dHAgOdz— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 5, 2019
Glad to hear Bishop was ok. You just hate to see a goalie pulled for an injury. But for giving up four goals? Gladly.
Montgomery on Bishop's status: "He’s fine. Stayed in the game. He’s fine. We just wanted to put (Anton Khudobin) in. He wasn’t hurt. That’s why we switched." #stlblues— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) May 5, 2019
I know I’m focusing on the wrong part of the video here, but that locker room is god awful.
Player of the Game:
Someone get him another towel.