Bishop Becomes a King (Written in the Stars; 12.28.19)

Ross James/ALOST

akoiki-passport2 – by Adesina O. Koiki
A Lot of Sports Talk editor-in-chief


DALLAS — Though Dallas Stars goalkeeper Ben Bishop did not stop every shot his way, his acrobatics amidst a second-period onslaught kept his team in the game long enough for them to complete a dramatic come-from-behind victory.

Bishop made 41 saves — including stopping 18 of 19 shots in the second period — while Joe Pavelski and Alexander Radulov scored both goals in the shootout as the Stars defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Saturday night at American Airlines Center.

Colorado was up 2-1 after an Ian Cole goal at 7:19 of the second and, six minutes later, had the opportunity to seize complete control when it found itself on a 5-on-3 advantage after two Stars penalties just 28 seconds apart.

Dallas killed off the penalties, with Bishop clearly showing himself as Dallas’ best penalty killer tonight as the Stars carried the momentum into the third.

“It was kind of a bend-don’t-break there in the second,” Bishop said. “We had some big kills. You’re going to play tight games all season and it’s obviously a very good team over there. It’s a big win for us.”

The Stars soon capitalized on the momentum of killing the 5-on-3, with Denis Gurianov scoring on the extra man just 1:25 into the third to even the score.

Pavelski started the shootout by beating Avalanche goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer, making the former now 3-for-3 in shootout opportunities. Bishop stopped both Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen before Radulov’s goal officially put an end to the Stars’ two-game losing streak.

*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Saturday’s game, with all photos taken by Dallas-area photographer Ross James. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 26 pictures in total.

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