Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy and a major reason why his team was one victory away from a trip to the Western Conference heading into Sunday afternoon's game.
And he was keeping his team in Game 6 at home, trailing 2-1 in the third period when a sequence began that ensured a St. Louis Blues victory and a potential major turning point in the second-round series.
Blues defenseman Colton Parayko ripped a big shot at Bishop, hitting him in the collarbone and causing the goalie to drop to the ice. Alex Steen got control of the rebound and skated into position for a shot that was deflected by Jaden Schwartz past a motionless Bishop.
Bishop is hurting after taking a Parayko shot up high, but the Blues maintain possession while Bishop is down and score pic.twitter.com/gTOcGiWipE
The play was allowed to continue because the Blues maintained possession of the puck.
According to the NHL's Rule 8.1: "When a player is injured so that he cannot continue tpplay or go to his bench, the play shall not be stopped until the injured player’s team has secured control of the puck. If the player’s team is in control of the puck at the time of injury, play shall be stopped immediately unless his team is in a scoring position."
Referees have the option of stopping the play if the player is seriously hurt, but that wasn't applied in this case.
Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop grimaces after being hit by a puck during the third period in Game 6. (Photo: Tony Gutierrez, AP)
Bishop was looked at by a trainer and decided to stay in the game.
He gave up a goal on the next shot 33 seconds later when Sammy Blais fired a shot to the same side that Bishop had injured. That made it 4-1, and Bishop left the game and went to the dressing room.
That was the final score, as the Blues tied the series. Game 7 will be Tuesday in St. Louis, and Stars coach Jim Montgomery told reporters that Bishop is fine.
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