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It's difficult to suggest that the Chicago Blackhawks haven't earned the enviable position of wrapping up a third Stanley Cup championship of the "modern era" at home on Monday, thanks in large part to Saturday's 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
They got the game's first goal via a Bishop gaffe yielding a Patrick Sharp tally, they weathered the Lightning's 2nd-period storm and Valtteri Filppula's game-tying goal, and in the 3rd, Bishop had little chance on the defensive mash-up (literally) that led to Antoine Vermette's gamer:
The Blackahwks have simply been calmer and more poised in the situations that determine the outcome of games, and that's why they're pretty bloody close to winning another Cup.
Both teams are clearly mentally and physically fatigued playing into the middle of June, but when the Hawks have had to be sharp, they've been razor-sharp.
from Joe Smith of Lightning Strikes,
Lightning goalie Ben Bishop participated in today's optional morning skate, but says it'll be an "extremely tough decision" whether he plays in tonight's Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final.
Bishop, the team's MVP and backbone, wants to start, and says progress is being made in recovering from an undisclosed injury. But Bishop said "the line" is figuring out if he's healthy enough to be effective. Bishop said he'll talk with coach Jon Cooper and the trainers shortly and make a group decision.
How does Bishop make that call?
"I think it's just experience. You kind of know what you can do," Bishop said. "It's a really tough decision, at this time of year it's not about one person when you get this far, you don't want to hurt the team at all. It's been a long season, you got this far, don't want to hold back the team. It's an extremely tough decision."
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper is playing his cards close to his vest regarding Ben Bishop and Andrei Vasilevskiy's respective statuses:
Update: Bishop as equally helpful:
Kelly Hrudey of Sportsnet on Ben Bishop's injury and more on game 2 from the panelists.
from Joe McDonald of ESPN,
"It’s a roller coaster of emotions. It goes up and down," Lundqvist said. "You just have to deal with it the best you can, deal with the pressure you put on yourself, expectations you have on you. It just comes down to keeping your focus on what you need to do -- that’s it. Don’t focus on too many other things, especially things you can’t control."
Bishop’s calmness should be bottled and sold over the counter as a sleeping drug.
"You’ve got to treat it like the regular season," he said. "When you play 60-whatever games, you’re going to have some good ones, you’re going to have some bad ones. You’re going to have some unlucky ones, you’re going to have some lucky ones. It’s kind of the same in the playoffs. You can’t put too much emphasis on one game. ... You just can’t look at it in a real short window. You’ve got to look at it big picture, and that’s a big thing. If you treat it like the regular season, where there’s going to be good games and bad games, it’s easier to move on."
What allows two quality goaltenders to remain so calm in a situation such as this?
"It doesn’t get any easier," one NHL goalie coach said. "Certainly, the pressure surrounding the games ramps up as you go through the rounds. In a lot of ways, the game’s almost a little bit easier because everybody is so attentive to blocking shots, picking up your checks, making good, hard plays."
Given the ease with which the Tampa Bay Lightning handled the Montreal Canadiens in Games 1-3, it was thought that Game 4 would yield a Lightning sweep, but instead, Max Pacioretty scored a pair of goals, including this shorthanded marker, en route to a 6-2 Canadiens win that forces a Game 5 on Saturday:
Once again, Ben Bishop's glove failed him, this time on a goal by David Desharnais:
TSN's Dave Hodge issues a "thumbs down" to the Montreal Canadiens:
There is seldom a way to recover from a 3-0 deficit in a Stanley Cup playoff series, and the Canadiens don't even have time to regroup. With Game 4 coming 24 hours after the most stunning loss imaginable, the Canadiens will feel as though they never left the ice.
So this is no ordinary deep hole that requires a ladder made of four straight wins. This makes down and out feel like the same thing. And the very worst of it is that the Habs can't even tell themselves things should be different. Surely they could see it coming.
Too often they've relied on Carey Price to win a game with saves that should have been won more easily with goals. With an overtime goal against Ben Bishop, this would have been another typical Montreal win - except that Price couldn't make the last save. And suddenly - 1.1 seconds later - the game was over. There was no more time and no time for overtime.
The Canadiens have been described as a mediocre team with a great goalie. Harsh as that might sound, any argument is hollow. Thumbs up and down accordingly.
I (George) have some strong feelings about both of the players engaging in shenanigans here, so I'm going to let the Hockey News's Adam Proteau tell this story...
Montreal Canadiens winger Brandon Prust is known around the league as a player who plays “on the edge”. Monday night against Tampa Bay, he appeared to go over that edge on a questionable hit from behind on Bolts goalie Ben Bishop that could earn him a date with the NHL’s discipline department.
The Lightning had a 3-0 lead on the Habs in the second period when the puck came around the boards toward the back of Bishop’s net. The goalie came out to play the puck, and Prust skated right into his back, knocking Bishop headfirst into the boards when Prust just as easily could’ve pulled up or avoided the collision: (video via SportsNetCanada)
The Lightning lost to the Penguins 4-2 on Monday night and has dropped four of its past five.
But its biggest loss might have been goaltender Ben Bishop, who left the game after the first period with a lower-body injury. The severity of the injury is unknown, but with two back-to-backs this week, including tonight in Philadelphia, the Lightning could call up touted prospect Andrei Vasilevskiy or Kristers Gudlevskis.
Veteran Evgeni Nabokov replaced Bishop to start the second and gave up two goals to the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins, who have beaten the Lightning 10 straight times (8-0-2) since 2011.
Back to Bishop. Losing him for any period of time would be a big blow. A Vezina Trophy finalist last season, Bishop entered Monday 16-6-2 with a 2.34 goals against average. Calling up [Andrei] Vasilevskiy could make sense, as he's coming off AHL player of the week honors after back-to-back shutouts with Syracuse.
Update: Uh oh, the groin:
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Do you feel the fact that you were a Vezina Trophy finalist last season means you're a proven goalie in the NHL, or are you still of the mindset that you have to prove yourself the way you've had to your entire career?
"I think I proved to myself and other players that I can play at that level, but I think every year you're trying to go out and prove yourself. You're never going to be satisfied with the past year, you're always trying to build on it. I'm going to approach the year the same way, the way I have the last three years at least. I'm going to go in, win the job out of training camp. You always have people competing for jobs. When I was in St. Louis I was trying to take people's jobs and make the team. You always have that competition. So I have to go into camp the same way I have been doing the last couple of years. I'm not going to change anything. I'm not going to try to do anything different."
But can you treat this training camp the same way when it's obviously different for you to know that you're heading into the season as the unquestioned No. 1 goalie on a team expected to win? This is a first for you.
"Yeah, I mean, if you word it like that it's a first, but personally the way I prepare and the way I play, there hasn't been a change from when I was a backup, or when I was able to start in Ottawa for a month, or last year when I was a starter for the season. You still approach every game the same way. Whatever is going on around you as far as expectations, where you are in the standings, if you're first or last, who you're playing against, I still approach the game the same way. There is nothing different. It's the same routine and preparation no matter where I am, if I am a backup in Ottawa or a starter last year. So I don't see there really being any difference going into this season. I think the experience last year will help me even more this year."
three more questions...
TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a two-year contract extension today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Bishop, 6-foot-7, 214 pounds, posted a 37-14-7 record last season in 63 games. He also recorded a .924 save percentage and a 2.23 goals-against average. He ranked fourth in the NHL for games played and wins, as well as seventh for save percentage and goals-against average. Bishop’s five shutouts placed fifth in the NHL and were the second-most ever posted in franchise history. He set Lightning single season records for wins, save percentage and goals-against average. Bishop set the franchise mark for most saves in a game on January 19 at Carolina with 48. His 1,625 saves were the second most in a season by a Lightning goaltender. His successful season led to a nomination for the Vezina Trophy, given annually to the player voted to be the league’s best netminder.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop will have surgery on his injured right wrist next week to repair ligament damage that has bothered him since January. Bishop will have the surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He said he will be in a cast for six weeks.
Total rehab time is three to four months, though he said he is confident he will be ready for the start of training camp.
Additionally, Bishop finally confirmed he had a left elbow injury that kept him out of the playoffs, saying the joint was dislocated when he extended and fell catching a floating puck April 8 against the Maple Leafs.
He said had the Eastern Conference quarterfinal against the Canadiens been extended, he likely would have played Game 6.
"We were laughing about it because as a goalie how do you hurt your wrist or your elbow?" Bishop said. "Usually it's the groin or something in the lower body."
Two giveaways by Tampa Bay goaltender lead to two goals for the Calgary Flames. The Flames won the game 4-1.
17:02 Montreal Brandon Prust: 2 minutes, unsportsmanlike conduct
17:02 Tampa Bay Ben Bishop: 2 minutes, goalie leave crease
17:02 Montreal Carey Price: 2 minutes, goalie leave crease
17:02 Montreal George Parros: 10 minutes, misconduct
17:02 Tampa Bay Radko Gudas: 10 minutes, misconduct
added 4:52pm, Below watch the Tampa broadcast and catch what some people will call a spear from Prust...
Looks like a skate from his teammate Kucherov hit him in the head area.
Ben Bishop left tonight's game against Edmonton with a right wrist/hand injury, reports are he is headed for an x-ray.
added 9:09pm, You can't really see how the injury happened, but check out his blocker hand in the video..
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Ben Bishop to a two-year contract extension today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Bishop, 6-foot-7, 214 pounds, has played in six games with the Lightning after being acquired from the Ottawa Senators at the April 3 trade deadline. He has posted a 2-3-0 record with a .916 save percentage and a 3.21 goals-against average. Bishop made his Bolts debut on April 4 at Carolina, stopping all 45 shots he faced for a shutout. He was the second goalie in franchise history to post a shutout in his Lightning debut (Dwayne Roloson, January 4, 2011) and tied the franchise record for most saves in a shutout (Daren Puppa, November 27, 1995). He has played in a total of 19 games this season with Tampa Bay and Ottawa, recording a 10-8-0 record with a .920 save percentage, 2.68 goals-against average and two shutouts.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
Is is possible a goaltender can be too tall? At what point does a big guy just not have the agility to be effective? Ben Bishop of the Ottawa Senators is the tallest goaltender to play in the NHL at 6-foot-7. Talking to scouts, other goaltenders and goaltending coaches, there was concern about the size of a 5-hole on a big goaltender and the fact is, it just takes longer for a taller guy to collapse to the ice and close that 5-hole. Bishop said that’s something he has worked on and improved. Senators coach Paul MacLean doesn’t think a goaltender can be too big. “I look at (Bishop) and say, ‘Where’s the net?’ That’s not a bad thing.”
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via John Shannon tweet,
As per @SunGarrioch, the Blues have indeed traded Ben Bishop to Ottawa
note: I would have pointed to Garrioch, but for some reason he has blocked me.
added 11:33am, via Elliotte Friedman tweet,
Bishop must play at least 30 minutes in 17 games, or he will be unrestricted. Even if he doesn’t re-sign, worthy move for Bryan Murray.
added 11:36am, via Jeremy Rutherford tweet,
The compensation for Bishop will be a draft pick, as high as a second-round pick.
Before trading G Ben Bishop to OTT for a 2013 2nd rd pick, STL signed him to a one-year, one-way contract.
That means the 30 minutes in 17 games is tossed out the door.
added 12:02pm, via McKenzie tweet,
Correction: Bishop’s new one-year, one-way deal done with OTT, not St. Louis.
added 1:07pm, Blues release on the trade can be read below…