Despite an ugly loss to the Vancouver Canucks last Sunday, the Dallas Stars bounced back and defeated the St. Louis Blues 2-1 in a crucial Central Division matchup on Friday night at American Airlines Center. With this victory, Dallas tied the season series at 2 against St. Louis.
The first period was uneventful. Dallas (34-20-4) recorded three shots against Jake Allen, while St. Louis (34-22-4) fired eight shots at Ben Bishop. Both goalies stood tall and stopped every shot. Bishop had a highlight reel save when he stretched out to rob the Blues’ Jaden Schwartz. The Stars committed two penalties, but their penalty-kill unit stayed perfect, not allowing any goals.
It didn’t take long for Dallas to begin working in the second period. Mattias Janmark shot the puck from the blue line on the power play, and it deflected off Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to give the Stars a 1-0 lead. The Stars’ John Klingberg inked in his 200th career point after an assist on Gunnarsson’s goal. Bishop, again, played like an all-star caliber goalie, stopping all 12 shots that the Blues fired on him. The Stars recorded seven shots on net as the second-period buzzer rang.
The Stars and the Blues came flying out in the third period, battling back and forth. Halfway through the period, Stars defenseman Stephen Johns fired home his eighth goal of the season off an off-the-boards pass from Stars captain Jamie Benn. With just more than four minutes left in the game, Klingberg was given a double minor penalty, a penalty worth four minutes, for high sticking Blues player Vladimir Sobotka. St. Louis converted on the power play after it pulled Allen and added an extra skater. Brayden Schenn tapped in a back door goal off a beautiful pass from Schwartz to cut the Stars’ lead to one goal. After the final buzzer, Stars defenseman Marc Methot slashed Schenn. They dropped the gloves for one last penalty in the heated rivalry game.
Dallas gained two points after this victory to tie the Blues for third place in the Central Division. Bishop played like a brick wall, as he stopped 28 of 29 shots and received the first star of the game. Methot had a great return after playing only 16 games this season. He chalked up an assist and a fight. The Stars are rolling with a 7-3-0 record in their last 10 games. For their next contest, they travel to the West Coast on Sunday to take on the San Jose Sharks at 7 p.m.