A strange sequence of events may have flipped the second round Western Conference series between the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars on its head.
With the Blues down 3-2 in the best-of-seven clash but up 2-1 in the third period of Game 6 in Dallas, St. Louis’s Colton Parayko hammered a shot from the point at the Stars’ net. After the puck eluded a few players in front of him, Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop wasn’t able to react to the high shot in time.
The biscuit struck him right in the collarbone and the 6-foot-7 netminder crumpled to the ice in what could only be assumed was a boatload of pain.
Since the Blues grabbed possession of the puck moments later, though, the play wasn’t blown dead. Seconds later, St. Louis’s Jaden Schwartz redirected a pass over Bishop to double his side’s advantage.
Ben Bishop takes a slapper to the collarbone and the Blues score while he’s down pic.twitter.com/AFVhPPUCcE
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) May 5, 2019
Since Bishop didn’t lose his mask during the play and the Stars were unable to gain possession of puck, the goal stood.
According to the NHL rulebook, “when a player is injured so that he cannot continue play or go to his bench, the play shall not be stopped until the injured player’s team has secured control of the puck."
It was a sequence that truly was the literal definition of adding insult to injury.
Bishop was looked at by a member of Dallas’s training staff, but elected to stay in the game.
Less than a minute later, Sammy Blais beat him with a shot to make it 4-1 and Bishop left the game in favour of Anton Khudobin.
Thankfully for the Stars, it appears that Bishop is alright. Dallas head coach Jim Montgomery said that his starting goaltender is fine and the X-ray was precautionary, according to Mike Heika.
While that was a bit of good news for Dallas, Bishop’s teammates provided some mixed reactions to St. Louis’s third goal of the game.
"If we had a whistle we probably would have blown it,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn, according to Sean Shapiro of The Athletic. “And if they had a whistle they probably wouldn't have. It is what it is, you can't worry about it and you've got to move on."
Defenceman John Klingberg was singing a different tune after the final buzzer.
“There should be a whistle,” he said, according to Saad Yousuf of the Athletic. “That’s what the rule is.”
Retired NHL official Kerry Fraser seemed to agree based on his many tweets about the incident shortly after it happened.
Stian..I know the rule that quoted very well. Typically applied to a skater. A goalie is provided some extra measures of protection. The point you, & obviously NBC is missing that in the case of “serious” injury play can be stopped immediately. Common sense application on goalie! https://t.co/X7N60hTw4m
— Kerry Fraser (@kfraserthecall) May 5, 2019
Game 7 of the series will take place on Tuesday night in St. Louis.
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