Saturday's NHL playoffs: Bishop makes 32 saves, Stars even series
St. Louis — Dallas goalie Ben Bishop rebounded — at his hometown team’s expense.
Bishop made 32 saves, Roope Hintz scored twice and the Stars beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 in Game 2 to even the Western Conference semifinal series.
Bishop grew up in St. Louis and often attended Blues games. He recalled chanting Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ed Belfour’s name as a teenager in the stands. St. Louis fans did the same thing to Bishop on Saturday, screaming his name to try and throw him off his game.
“It’s pretty crazy,” Bishop said. “I was that kid screaming Belfour’s name and then you’re on the ice and they’re screaming your name. Never in a million years when I was watching playoff games as a kid here that I’d be in the net playing against the Blues. Obviously, it’s kind of cool.”
Miro Heiskanen and Mattias Janmark also scored for the Stars.
Jaden Schwartz and Colton Parayko scored for St. Louis, and Jordan Binnington made 31 saves. The Blues had won three straight.
Game 3 is Monday night in Dallas.
Bishop bounced back after allowing three goals on 20 shots in a 3-2 loss in Game 1 on Thursday night.
“It’s a long season, there’s going to be shots you want to have back,” Bishop said. “Every game is a new game, that’s the way I’ve done it in my career.”
Dallas scored three times in the opening 14:51 before Bishop took over.
Hintz, who added an empty-net goal with 3 seconds left, converted on a pass from Mats Zuccarello at 7:11. Heiskanen scored on a give-and-go with Hintz just over six minutes later.
The Blues answered 46 seconds later on Parayko’s drive from the top of the circle.
Dallas needed just 26 seconds to restore the two-goal lead, with Janmark scoring off Jason Dickinson’s pass.
Schwartz tipped in a shot from Parayko just 1:48 into the third. Schwartz has a team-high five goals in the first two rounds.
Bishop improved to 11-3 when coming off a loss in the playoffs.
“I’ve been pulled, I’ve given up six (goals), it happens,” Bishop said. “That’s the cool thing about the playoffs. You forget and move on.”
Bishop made big saves on Ryan O’Reilly and Oskar Sundqvist in the third period. Bishop used his arm to clear a shot from David Perron that hit the boards and bounced behind him in the second.
“We knew Bishop would be great,” Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. “He’s been great for us all year and he’s a Vezina (Trophy) finalist because of it. He’s our brick wall back there.”
Hintz scored nine goals in 58 regular-season games before his breakout performance.
“He’s calm,” Zuccarello said. “It’s like he’s played 100 playoff games.”
The Finn leads all rookies in playoff scoring with four goals and three assists.
“We were skating and getting pucks deep,” Hintz said. “We’re confident now, and it’s good.”
The Blues came out flat in the first period and never fully recovered, according to Schwartz.
“Our puck-play wasn’t as sharp as it usually is,” said Schwartz, who had a game-high six shots. “And they took advantage. We did a good job coming back. But that was a lapse we couldn’t have.”
St. Louis interim coach Craig Berube said his team wasted too many good chances. The Blues were 0-for-5 with the man advantage.
“Our power play could have helped us tonight, it didn’t,” Berube said. “That might have made the difference in the game.”
Columbus 3, (at) Boston 2 (2OT): Matt Duchene scored on a power play at 3:42 of the second overtime to help the Blue Jackets even the second-round playoff series at a game each.
Artemi Panarin scored twice and assisted on the winner and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots. The Blue Jackets twice gave up a lead and twice came back to tie it.
Matt Grzelcyk and David Pastrnak scored and Tuukka Rask made 36 saves for Boston. The Bruins won the opener – also in overtime.
The series moves to Columbus for Games 3 and 4 on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Panarin’s second goal made it 2-2 with 12 minutes left in the second period, and it stayed that way through a scoreless third and a first overtime in which the Bruins killed off one penalty. But when Patrice Bergeron was sent off for tripping in the second OT, the Blue Jackets made them pay.
Less than a minute later, Duchene kicked the puck onto his stick and slid it through Rask’s legs to end it. As the Columbus players celebrated against the boards, the Bruins filed off the ice and many fans threw the giveaway yellow towels onto the ice.
The Bruins took the lead about eight minutes into the game with a power play goal by Grzelcyk . It was still 1-0 at the end of the first, when Brad Marchand was called for cross-checking after the first-period buzzer.
Sixty-three seconds into the power play to begin the second period, Panarin tied it on a one-timer from Seth Jones. But less than a minute later, Game 1 hero Charlie Coyle went behind the Columbus net and backhanded it off Pastrnak’s skate into the net.
Then things started getting really physical.
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was off for cross-checking when Columbus forward Josh Anderson, whose interference penalty led to the first Boston goal, was called for high-sticking that left a bleeding gash under Sean Kuraly’s left eye.
Anderson was given a four-minute minor, but there was still a minute left on Chara’s penalty and during the four-on-four Panarin tied it with a perfectly aimed, top-shelf wrist shot from the right side.