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Ben Bishop gets shutout in first Bolts start

Apr 4, 2013, 9:33 PM EDT

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The knock against the Tampa Bay Lightning trading for Ben Bishop* was that he’s only put up nice numbers in a small sample size. That same criticism can be lobbed at his great first game on Thursday night, but don’t blame the Bolts for feeling at least a little optimistic.

Bishop stopped all 45 shots as Tampa Bay dominated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-0. That 45-for-45 performance matches a franchise record for saves in a shutout, according to Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times.

This ties the two Southeast Division teams with identical 16-18-2 records for 34 points in 36 games.

Does that signal that the Lightning might be able to make an improbable run to a postseason birth or that they merely dragged the Hurricanes closer to the cellar with them? The answer’s unclear, but at least the Lightning can feel like they landed the potential goalie of the future.

(For at least one night.)

* Beyond giving up a promising young player in Cory Conacher, of course.

  1. bcisleman - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    For the goalie of the future, unless Conacher is a future Hart Trophy winner, it is worth it.

  2. gotampabay52 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Hey great division win arch-Bishop 45 saves nice let’s go Bolts

  3. valoisvipers - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Now maybe more Bolt fans will know who Bishop is and that Detroit doesn’t raise any fools as in Stevie Y. Leave the GMing to him not you arm chair wannabes.

    • tbbolts91 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:46 PM

      Stop your arm chair whining. . .

  4. boon613 - Apr 4, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    From a Sens fan: you guys got a great deal. This Conacher kid looks good, but Ben Bishop is a solid goalie..he earned my respect this season. Good luck Ben and Tampa..

    • georgejarkko - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Conacher is good. Let’s hope your boys Fraser and Neil look after him. Crombeen wasn’t doing too good a job of it down here.

      • boon613 - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:24 PM

        Fraser took care of Neil, he plays for the Leafs..I think. Kassian and Neil will hopefully take care of him. he’s small right?

  5. paperlions - Apr 4, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    In short, it looks like the Blues would have been far better off this year with Bishop and Allen than Halak and Elliot….didn’t see that coming.

    • georgejarkko - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      I’m *kinda* hoping that Bishop and Lindback turn into a great tandem but we all know they rarely work out in the long run.

  6. listerineman - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    i saw the full game and he looked very good. bolts might push for #1 spot in the division with him…..this season.

  7. hockeywithdrawal - Apr 5, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    Forget Iginla, Jagr, or Gaborik, this could end up being the trade of the year…45 freaking saves for a shutout…really?

    And this kid gets to move from Ottawa to Tampa. Life is good.

  8. lsxphotog - Apr 5, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    That was one of the most impressive shutouts I’ve seen from any Tampa goaltender. He just kept his cool, stayed calm, and saw the puck very well. His ability to control rebounds was extremely impressive. Lindback and Bishop could prove to be a good tandem. They’re both within one-inch of each other in height – making them the tallest goalies in the NHL. They’re both ridiculously athletic and take up a lot of net. Lindy needs to work on a few aspects of his game for sure, but his play during his last 6 or 7 appearances saw 2 goals or less each game, and a VERY big performance in a game against Florida who peppered him with 39 shots and he stopped 37 of them for a .949 SV% that game. That division game was his win and his alone. He has come up big in some very important games, but he seems to not have too much confidence in net some nights, and it’s easy to see after the first couple shots and how he reacts.

    Having two similar goalies with do two things: for starters, it will force each of them to hone off each others skills and no doubt both goalies will get better…if they stay away from Tampa’s terrible goaltending coach. What it will also do is force each goalie to play their best game every night. Having two highly skilled goalies can be a tremendous plus for them if used wisely.

    This season, Boucher was terrible at selecting the starter for the night. Garon started the season off facing 36 shots and stopped 35 of them, a .972 SV%…the following string of games were played by Lindback. They were wins, but still, why would you not ride the hot hand in an abbreviated season, rather than rush a young goalie into the starting role.

    It’s the Coach Cooper Era…and it’s the Bishop/Lindback Era…two things I feel really good about as a Tampa fan.

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