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Bishop sets Lighting’s win record with shutout

Mar 16, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) kicks aside a shot by the Phoenix Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 10, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) AP

It wasn’t that long ago that Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman was pursuing goalie after goalie, hoping that one of the promising, but largely inexperienced netminders he got would be capable of running away with the starting gig.

Enter Ben Bishop, who had some impressive AHL campaigns to his name and was solid with limited playing time in Ottawa. Yzerman gave up Cory Conacher, who was having a great rookie campaign, and a fourth rounder in April 2013 to get him and he’s proven to be a steal at that price.

The 27-year-old goaltender made his mark on the Lightning history books last night when he posted a 23-save shutout over the New Jersey Devils, earning his franchise record breaking 31st victory of the season.

“It’s special,” Bishop told NHL.com. “It’s something I don’t really stop and think about right now; maybe at the end of the season. We’ve got some games left, so hopefully I can add to that. It’s a team thing; the guys in front of me, I wouldn’t be here without them.”

There’s no doubt that wins are a team stat, but Bishop earned this record. He’s been one of the best goaltenders this season and has helped keep Tampa Bay afloat through Steven Stamkos‘ recovery from a broken tibia.

The shutout was his fifth of the season, which puts him in a three-way tie for second place among the franchise’s top single-season performances. Nikolai Khabibulin holds the record with seven.

  1. themagicfanguy - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    Good work Bishop, go Bolts!

  2. lsxphotog - Mar 16, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    His performance has exceeded what you should expect from any starting goaltender. Had the Lightning played better in front of him all year, his stats would have been even better. That being said, the new Cooper system has been considerably better in their own zone for goaltenders, which allows the goalie to see the shots much better. I would say at this point the majority of the goals that have been scored against Bishop have been the result of a mistake by the defense, or Ben’s own young clumsiness. haha This guy is only going to get better, and the Lightning are only going to get better.

    He deserves heavy consideration for the Vezina trophy because, in the absence of Stammer, he was really the only player who showed up every night – when other players wouldn’t. All the BS about St. Louis carrying the team was nonsense. He went on a streak after the Canada roster announcement for trade value purposes only. Thankfuly for Tampa, Johnson and Palat have really come into their own as rookies. It’s not too often you find two of the top three rookies on ONE TEAM! Crazy.

    Congrats to Bishop. Very bright future with him in Tampa. Lindback…not so much. People can defend him to death, he just doesn’t have his chops down and still seems extremely nervous in there. Granted, the team in front of him doesn’t support him too much.

  3. bluesdroogie - Mar 16, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    i wish st Louis had never let bishop go. I like miller fine and all but to have a local guy playing goalie for us would have been awesome. we still have allen who will be our starter in time but I wish bishop was in st Louis where he belongs.

    good job on a record breaking win and good luck in the rest of your career, just not against the blues.

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