By The Associated Press
DALLAS — Colton Parayko did not score for the St. Louis Blues on Sunday, but he still delivered a stunning blow to the Dallas Stars.
Parayko’s hard shot from the slot hit Ben Bishop’s left shoulder, knocking the Stars goalie onto his back and deflecting the puck to deep in the circle. Alexander Steen took a shot from there that was redirected by Jaden Schwartz over the still-laid-out Bishop in a 4-1 victory to force Game 7 in the second-round Western Conference semifinal series.
Schwartz’s eighth goal of the playoffs with 12 minutes 23 seconds left made it 3-1, and was the first of two goals by the Blues in 33 seconds.
Bishop was tended to by a trainer and initially stayed in the game, but a switch was made soon after when Sammy Blais, playing his first postseason game, got a slap shot past him on a breakaway.
“Obviously I just try to get it around that first guy and find a corner,” said Paryko, adding, “I’m never out there to hurt anybody.”
Stars Coach Jim Montgomery said the Bishop was fine, pointing out that he had stayed in the game before Anton Khodobin got his first playing time of the postseason.
While St. Louis maintained possession of the puck while Bishop was down, Stars defenseman John Klingberg thought there should have been a whistle to stop play.
“We can’t change anything right now,” Klingberg said. “We didn’t play good enough to win.”
Alex Pietrangelo scored 63 second into the game and David Perron also had a goal for the Blues, who will host the deciding game Tuesday night.
The Central Division rivals also went to a Game 7 when they met in the second round three years ago. That series finale was played in Dallas, where the Blues scored three times in the first period and went on to win, 6-1.
The St. Louis rookie goalie Jordan Binnington stopped 22 shots, allowing only a power-play goal to Tyler Seguin in the first period. The Blues are a franchise-best 5-1 on the road in the playoffs.
Bishop, who came into the game with a .936 save percentage in the playoffs, stopped 16 of 20 shots. Khodobin had five saves in relief.
The two quick goals by St. Louis came right after Dallas could not score with Binnington sprawled on the ice.
Perron put the Blues ahead to stay, 2-1, when he reached around Klingberg to score off a goal-mouth pass in what was otherwise a pedestrian second period.
“It was an exciting challenge for us,” Perron said. “None of the guys came in here with their head between their legs.”