Ben Bishop returns to the net but Avalanche takes advantage


Joseph Celsur, Sports writer

On Monday, the Dallas Stars took on the Colorado Avalanche in Game five of the second round of the NHL playoffs, looking to close out the series and advance to the Western Conference Finals. Stars goalie Ben Bishop made his return to the net after being injured for all of the first round and the first four games of the second round. Monday morning, Bishop was announced as not game ready, but he suited up and got the game five start after the Stars won Game four the night before.

From the moment the puck was dropped, it was obvious that the Stars were not themselves, and Bishop was still not game ready as the Avalanche would score 4 goals on Bishop in only two minutes. The Stars would then put in their backup goalie but even then the Avalanche still found ways to score, scoring another goal and putting the Stars down 5-0 only halfway through the first period. The Stars still fought through the rest of the game, putting up 2 goals in the second period. However, it still was not enough to kickstart a rally, and the game was already over before the third period.

The Stars lost the game 6-3 and will play again in Game six on Wednesday and look to close out the series and advance to the conference finals. It is expected that Bishop will be back on the bench and Anton Khudobin will be back in the net making another start for the Stars.