The St. Louis Blues are headed back to the Western Conference Final after a thrilling, double-overtime Game 7 win over the Dallas Stars.
Blues winger, and St. Louis native, Patrick Maroon ended it in the second OT when he put a rebound home off a Robert Thomas shot. While Maroon might have ended it, Stars' goalie Ben Bishop was the best player on the ice with one of the great Game 7 performances in NHL history, becoming just the fifth net-minder in league history with 50 or more saves in a Game 7. In all, Bishop stopped 52 of the 54 shots he faced, which is a career high.
As the Blues peppered Bishop all night, while he was standing on his head, the Stars had a hard time generating offense for much of the game. Dallas manged just four shots on goal in the second and third periods combined.
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Stanley Cup Playoffs for Tuesday, May 7
- Game 7: Blues 2, Stars 1 (2OT) (Blues win series 4-3), [Box score]
We've got a winner!
It's a St. Louis native (Patrick Maroon) beating a St. Louis native (Ben Bishop) for the game-winner in St. Louis. It took two overtime periods and Dallas looked like they were starting to take over in 2OT but Maroon got the winner to seal it and punch a ticket to the Western Conference Final.
Blues win in double OT pic.twitter.com/67YAZAQ8mu— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) May 8, 2019
Getting EVEN MORE ridiculous
Overtime wasn't enough, so we're going to double overtime to find a winner in Game 7. The Stars finally started putting together some chances in the first sudden death period. In fact, their shot total in the extra frame (nine) was more than their second and third period totals combined (seven). The Blues had chances of their own as well but Ben Bishop remained huge in net for Dallas and he's hit the 50-save mark, making him just the fifth goalie to make 50-plus saves in a playoff Game 7 ever.
#Game7 OT. Nothing more to say. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/JcttExXlhB— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) May 8, 2019
His poor mother does not seem to be enjoying herself.
If Mama Bishop was stressed before, it's much worse now that we're in #Game7 OT. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/98QoV5aN4G— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) May 8, 2019
This is getting ridiculous
The Blues continued to dominate pretty much throughout the third period, controlling most of the possession time and shots on goal. Yet St. Louis couldn't find a way to turn that domination into any offense on the scoreboard and, as a result, we're heading to overtime of Game 7 with the score still knotted at 1-1.
It's hard to fathom how the Stars are still in this game when you look at the numbers.
Since the 15:35 mark of the 1st...— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) May 8, 2019
Shots On Goal:
St Louis 32#StanleyCupPlayoffs
But the answer is pretty simple when it boils down to it: Ben Bishop. The Dallas goalie has stood on his head in another fantastic Game 7 performance. Unfortunately, he's not getting much help in front of him, at least in terms of his teammates pushing play the other way.
Lifeless 2nd period from Dallas
The bad news for Dallas is that they recorded just one shot on net in the second period and were basically not even there for 20 minutes. The good news? The game is somehow still tied 1-1 heading into the third period. That's right, you heard me: Tie game heading into the final regulation period of a Game 7. This game may be somewhat of a stinker through 40 minutes, but you definitely don't want to turn away now.
A wacky first period in St. Louis
It was an eventful first period of Game 7 in St. Louis and we're all even at 1-1 after 20 minutes. The Blues got on the board first when Vince Dunn threw a puck on net from the point which sailed past Ben Bishop, off the crossbar and into the back of the net. It looked like Dunn's shot may have been tipped by Patrick Maroon but the goal was officially credited to Dunn.
.@vince_dunn opens the #Game7 scoring. #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/tnMQqZTwxU— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) May 8, 2019
The Stars got the goal back later in the period thanks to some serious puck luck and help from a referee. Blues' winger David Perron turned the puck over near his own goal line when he attempted to make a pass that banked off a ref's skate and redirected toward the middle of the ice. Dallas' Mats Zuccarello gathered it and took advantage of an out-of-sorts Jordan Binnington in net. Binnington had just lost his stick and was attempting to get his bearings when Zuccarello's shot zipped by him for the equalizer.
There is a lot going on here pic.twitter.com/vOrlULwDPB— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 8, 2019