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Bishop stifles Rangers in return for Tampa Bay

Jan 14, 2014, 9:54 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers came into Tuesday’s game against the Lightning riding high, but they couldn’t rise above Ben Bishop‘s strong work in his return from injury, as Tampa Bay won 2-1.

(Sorry, the 6-foot-7 goalie has been sidelined since Jan. 5, so it seemed appropriate to dust off a couple references to his height.)

The Rangers kept steady pressure on the 27-year-old, but Bishop was up to the task, making 33 out of 34 saves. Victor Hedman was the other Lightning player with a standout night, as he shook off a hand injury to score on a blistering slapper:

The Lightning traded off wins and losses in Bishop’s absence, but again, the Rangers were rolling coming into tonight’s game. They had won three in a row, four of five and eight of 11 before tonight’s defeat.

  1. killhowe - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Check. Mate.

  2. penguins87and71 - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    The Lightning in my opinion are going to be a very hard team to beat in the Playoffs especially with Steven Stamkos being back. The Lightning are definitely a dark horse team to win the cup.

    • lightning69 - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      Thanks for the props! If Bishop stays healthy and plays like tonight in the second half and the playoffs, Bolts may not be such a dark horse. But that is a long way off and Bolts would rather be “overlooked” when the time comes.

    • stakex - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:21 AM

      They’re tied for second in the Eastern Conference, and have continued to play well even without Stamkos…. I’m not sure I would consider them a dark horse team, especially with when Stamkos is back in the lineup.

  3. gmenfan1982 - Jan 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Rangers played very well tonight but Bishop was up to the task. Unfortunate game to lose but Rangers have been good in their past 10. Effort and execution there just a solid goaltending effort by Bishop.

  4. lightning69 - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    Bishop being Bishop. Welcome back Bish! Very strong return after being out 4 games. Bolts gave the Rangers free reign for most of the night but Bishop was “huge” tonight. Couldn’t help it.

    Gotta say Rangers D was impressive, surprised to see Torts gone, but a ton of blocked shots from AV’s team?? Even saw Nash back checking. Interesting.

    • falstaffsmind - Jan 15, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      I agree. I thought the Rangers played great defensively. The one major lapse was letting Kucherov get behind them for a nifty goal. The Lighting on the other hand, was giving up odd man rushes in bunches, but Bish or the post was bailing them out.

  5. jaybyrd99 - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:27 AM

    Sometimes as a fan of the opponent you just have to tip your cap. Bishop was tremendous and showed why he’s a top NHL goalie. The rangers didn’t play bad( other than stepan) ,it’s just that tampa and their goaltender were better.

  6. xdj511 - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Good lord, all this whining about goalie pads. Maybe there should be restrictions on the size of the goalie! There were times that Bishop did the splits and covered the entire bottom half of the net, and basically just dared the Rangers to beat him in what little space was left up top. Richards slid one in, nobody else was able to.

    I know the Rangers can’t win every game, its just that I felt a little dirty after this game. After all Hedman’s goal was scored on a power play because Callahan had his stick lifted into Bishop’s face. The Rangers didn’t get a power play until well into the second period, although there were several questionable plays that could have been called. I just feel like this game may have turned out a little differently. That doesn’t change the fact that the Rangers got beat on a set play 9 seconds after the last goal (or Hank is still having issues stopping breakaways) or that their suddenly #6 power play failed them when they did get chances late, but I was thinking we deserved a tie, at least.

    • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:35 PM

      Palat also should have had a goal as Lundqvist never coveted the puck, but unfortunately one ref got a little whistle happy and blew it dead way too early.

      Oh wait, that doesn’t fit your narrative of RANGERS DESERVED TO WIN!!!1! Nevermind, scratch that.

  7. slysipops - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    THE BIG STREAK IS …OVER !……………..

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