Apparently, this is supposed to mimic a two-pronged electrical plug being inserted into a power outlet. The team, in theory, is plugging in and charging up on the “power” play.
But the Stars pulled the plug on the Blues’ man advantage all night. The Victory Green gang held St. Louis to a measly five shots on eight minutes of PP time, and they generated two high-danger shots while short-handed in the bargain.
Esa Lindell scored the game-winner after bouncing a puck off of defender Jay Bouwmeester, which poured extra halite on some already salty Blues fans:
“I was lucky that he (Alexander Radulov) dropped it to me. He likes to hang onto those pucks, and I guess I talked a lot to him and he heard me (calling for the puck),” Lindell said. “Klinger was yelling at me that there was a back-checker coming, so that’s why I moved more into the middle to the backhand and then I just shot it. I think it changed direction, and I was lucky that it went in. It’s always nice to score.”
It was another rough break for Bouwmeester, who has had three goals deflect in off him this series, and only added to Blues’ fans distaste for Lindell, who was greeted by one fan-made sign that read, “St. Louis welcomes the Dallas diving team and captain Esa Lindell.”
AHL stalwart Dillon Heatherington talked about his NHL playoffs debut last night:
“We had a (Black Ace) skate two days ago and I got pulled off the ice and got told I was going on the trip, and I knew something was maybe in the works,” Heatherington said. “I didn’t know it was possibly going to happen to this morning and then when I found out I was all smiles.”
There’s more behind the paywall. [The Athletic DFW]
Stars Stuff: Second Round Edition
Esa Lindell in a cowboy hat is worth the trip all by itself.
Easy E got the honor for his GWG, which you can watch over and over again here.
WhO kNeW tHaT JaSoN SpEzZa cOuLd sTiLL dO tHiS dUrInG tHe PlAyOfFs?
And Ben Bishop keeps doing this, too.
Around The League(s): Postseason Edition
Updated recap with 2500 words worth of comments from a bunch of jerks who will play for the Prince of Wales Trophy beginning sometime late next week: https://t.co/3aPPOiBpR1— x - Canes Country (@CanesCountry) May 4, 2019
I’ll just leave this here.
Jennings Trophy co-winner Robin Lehner ended the series on a magnanimous note.
Not the ending we wanted. I’m so proud of this group. This organization has a bright future! From the bottom of my heart me and my family want to thank the islanders fans for the great support. Never gonna forget this year of my life. Good luck too Carolina. Great team.— Robin Lehner (@RobinLehner) May 4, 2019
Canada will meet the USA today at 9:30 a.m. CDT in the 2019 Para Ice Hockey Championship. You can watch it live here. [YouTube]
Will the NHL pull an NBA and step in to promote a new women’s league? Hard to say, but this interview with Amanda Kessel may explain why NWHL players are hoping for better.
Will the NWHL’s latest negotiations change any minds?
Many women's hockey players looking to "create a better future" with holdout. But some others aren't on board yet.https://t.co/5fkh8V8ySb— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) May 4, 2019
In other news, Stanley Kay explores a longterm future for ice hockey that appears to be getting more short-term all the time.
Many players starring in the Stanley Cup Playoffs grew up playing outside.— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) May 4, 2019
But in many communities, climate change is threatening the future of outdoor hockey https://t.co/1z4e2Q70OC
Former Star Patrick Eaves is still out there doing good. And that epic beard is still in place.
Did you know May is Apraxia Awareness Month? Axel and I are spreading the word in hopes that kids like him, and families like ours, do not feel alone in this fight #ApraxiaAwareness @AnaheimDucks @NHLPA @Apraxia_KIDS @DallasStars @DetroitRedWings @NHLCanes @PredsNHL @Senators pic.twitter.com/yMbsNDbHN9— RealPatrickEaves (@Patrick_Eaves) May 3, 2019
Greetings From Beautiful Boise
We got ourselves a series here! The Idaho Steelheads once again came through with their backs against the wall, netting three in the third for a 3-1 victory at home over the Tulsa Oilers (St. Louis Blues).
Another great win for the boys, and with that another chance to keep #PushingOn in the series!— x-Idaho Steelheads (@Steelheads) May 4, 2019
Here are the CenturyLink High-Speed Playoff Highlights from Game 5 of the Mountain Division Final, we are off to Tulsa for Game 6 on Sunday! pic.twitter.com/tAtuD47k0V
Check out the postgame presser, on a night the Steelheads made the Mountain Division final a 3-2 series.
The Postgame Presser from tonight's Game 5 win over the Oilers!— x-Idaho Steelheads (@Steelheads) May 4, 2019
Hear from Forwards A.J. White & Reid Petryk, as well as Head Coach Neil Graham as they give you their thoughts on the night and look toward Game 6 in Tulsa!
FULL VIDEO: https://t.co/AAjal5boge | #PushingOn pic.twitter.com/SbLnLwXnga
Heed well the Saga of Dave from Fort Worth! The Stars superfan who sat in Victory Plaza, in a thunderstorm, just to watch Our Team on the big screen witnessed the Game 5 victory live in Enterprise Center and will attend in style tomorrow night. Bring the dagger, Dave.