Posts Tagged ‘Ben Bishop’

2014 NHL playoffs injury update: Steven Stamkos to play; Wings’ Alfredsson out

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Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Only the loss of a limb would likely keep Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos out of Game 4 against Montreal. (Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

A couple of quick notes from today’s morning skates:

In Montreal, where the Lightning are in a 3-0 series hole, Tampa Bay’s playoff survival rests squarely in the hands of backup goalie Anders Lindback:

Coach Jon Cooper sounded encouraged about the progress that goalie Ben Bishop is making, but it sounds as though the series would have to be extended to a sixth or seventh game before there is any chance of seeing Bishop back in net.

Lightning-Canadiens Game 4 preview

While the Bolts will miss their big goalie, they will have their big gun in the lineup on Tuesday.

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  • Published On Apr 22, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs: Canadiens dominate Lightning, 4-1, to take 2-0 series lead

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    Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) had two assists in the win over the Lightning. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban (76) had two assists in Montreal’s victory over the Lightning. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

    By Sarah Kwak

    The Lightning knew that the bum wrist sidelining goalie Ben Bishop would be an issue at some point in their first-round series against the Canadiens. Well, the moment came on Friday night in Tampa Bay. Backup Anders Lindback had been serviceable in Wednesday’s Game 1, making 39 saves in a 5-4 overtime loss, but in Game 2, he wasn’t nearly as good. Lindback surrendered three goals on 23 shots before Lightning coach Jon Cooper yanked him in favor of Kristers Gudlevskis, a Latvian minor leaguer who gained fame in Sochi for nearly defeating Team Canada. Against Montreal, he didn’t fare so well, allowing a goal on just three shots as the Canadiens cruised to a 4-1 victory.

    By taking both of the first two games in Tampa Bay, Montreal put itself in position to make this series a short one. After all, beating Canadiens goalie Carey Price in four out of the next five games seems like a particularly tall order. Price has followed up his career season and a gold medal in Sochi with strong play in the first two postseason games. He made 26 saves on Friday night, including a spectacular one on Lightning center Cedric Paquette in the second period. But hey, if Montreal’s offense gets into the habit of scoring four-plus goals a night, Price may not have to play the hero too often.

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  • Published On Apr 18, 2014
  • NHL Playoffs injury updates: Oshie out, Zetterberg skating

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    A couple of quick hits from today’s morning skates:

    In St. Louis, coach Ken Hitchcock has confirmed that the Blues will be missing two top-six forwards for their opener against the Blackhawks

    Vladimir Tarasenko took part in line drills, so he’s expected to be in the lineup, as is David Backes. But with the forwards ailing, the pressure is definitely on the St. Louis defense to clamp down on the odd-man rushes — and on goalie Ryan Miller to come up with the big stop.

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  • Published On Apr 17, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens

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    Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens faces Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Ligntning

    The showdown between Carey Price (left) and Steven Stamkos (right) will be a key to the series. (Scott Audette/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Regular season recaps

    Nov. 12: Lightning 2, Canadiens 1 (SO)

    Dec. 28: Canadiens 2, Lightning 1 (SO)

    Feb. 1: Lightning 2, Canadiens 1 (OT)

    April 1: Lightning 3, Canadiens 1

    Notable injuries

    Lightning: G Ben Bishop (wrist, day-to-day), F Ondrej Palat (upper body, day-to-day), F Valtteri Filppula (lower body, day-to-day), F Ryan Malone (personal/legal, day-to-day)

    Canadiens: F Travis Moen (concussion, out indefinitely), F Alex Galchenyuk (lower body, out indefinitely), F Brandon Prust (upper body, day-to-day)

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • Top Line: NHL playoff goalie shocks; Blackhawks’ marked men; more links

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    Goalie Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks

    The shaky play of Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller has him on the bench to start the playoffs. (John Cordes/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • After being the Ducks’ starter for the better part of the past five years, goalie Jonas Hiller was stunned to learn that he won’t be in net when Anaheim opens its first-round series against the Stars on Wednesday. Can’t blame coach Bruce Boudreau here. Veteran or not, Hiller is his third-best option right now.

    • Here’s one more reason why Teemu Selanne is just the best.

    • There’s a good ol’ fashioned goaltending controversy brewing in San Jose. Even though Antti Niemi struggled down the stretch, I really didn’t see this coming.

    • Here’s why, for Tomas Hertl, beating the Kings is personal.

    • The Canadiens are set in net, but Montreal still has a big problem that needs to be straightened out if it’s going to get past the Lightning.

    • With goalie Ben Bishop still ailing, the Bolts are going to Plan B for their opener against the Canadiens on Wednesday.

    Henrik Zetterberg will practice with the Red Wings on Tuesday, an amazingly quick return just eight weeks after his back surgery. But his presence forces the big question: When will he be ready for game action?

    • For weeks, Nathan MacKinnon and the Avalanche assumed that they were on course for a first-round meeting with the Blackhawks. The collapse of the Blues changed all that, forcing Colorado to abruptly change its focus to a different kind of challenge — the Minnesota Wild.

    Chicago mainstays Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were back on the ice on Monday and should be ready to go for the series opener against St. Louis on Thursday. The Blackhawks might want to keep their heads up in that one. The Blues could decide to target their injuries.

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • GIF: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop leaves game vs. Leafs with upper-body injury

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    By Darian Somers

    Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop left Tuesday’s game with an apparent arm injury after falling to the ice trying to make a save about five minutes into the first period.

    Bishop had to be helped off the ice and was replaced by Anders Lindback.

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  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Lightning goalie Big Ben Bishop, pint-sized Darren Pang swap pads

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    By Michael Blinn

    On Monday, the Tampa Bay Lightning set Twitter on fire when they sent out a picture of Ben Bishop, their 6-foot-7 goalie, alongside Darren Pang, the 5-foot-5 former NHL netminder who now analyzes the game in the broadcast booth. The juxtaposition of two such differently sized people is always hilarious, but the duo kicked it up a notch by swapping their equipment. Bishop, wearing Pang’s old Chicago Blackhawks gear from the 1980s, looked like a teenaged player in the midst of a growth spurt, while Pang looked like a grade schooler trying on his father’s pads after donning Bishop’s already oversized pillows.

    The pair eventually moved on from the wardrobe malfunction and hit the ice for even more equally hilarious photo ops. Read More…


  • Published On Apr 08, 2014
  • Top Line: Canucks face big choice; David Letterman’s hockey top-10; more links

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    Coach John Tortorella of the Vancouver Canucks

    Coach John Tortorella may have the edge if the Canucks must choose between him and their GM. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    Canucks GM Mike Gillis made one thing clear about his team’s future in a shockingly frank interview on Vancouver radio yesterday: ownership needs to choose between retaining him or coach John Tortorella. Given that Torts was hired by owner Francesco Aquilini, Gillis is probably expecting that his neck will be the one in the noose.

    • Whoever is left to call the shots might need to cut loose one of Gillis’ mistakes.

    • “It’s been long time no play; I forget I’m hockey player.” Welcome back, Pavel Datsyuk!

    • A Top-10 list of David Letterman’s greatest hockey moments in honor of his announcement on Thursday that he’ll retire from his long-running TV talk show in 2015.

    • With five losses in their past six games, the fading Philadelphia Flyers are in danger of losing their grip on a playoff spot.

    • The Columbus Blue Jackets recorded a franchise first in extending Philly’s misery.

    • The St. Louis Blues set a record of their own on Thursday night. Naturally, coach Ken Hitchcock wasted no time popping the balloon.

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  • Published On Apr 04, 2014
  • Ben Bishop sets new single-season wins record in Tampa Bay

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    Goalie Ben Bishop has posted a .929 save percentage, the third-best in the NHL. (Scott Audette/Getty Images)

    By Darian Somers

    Ben Bishop added another bullet point to his Vezina Trophy resume — the single-season Tampa Bay Lightning wins record.

    With the Bolts’ 3-0 victory over the Devils, Bishop earned his 31st win, giving him one more than previous record holder Nikolai Khabibulin, who won 30 games back in 2002-03. Bishop blanked New Jersey by turning aside 23 shots for his fifth shutout of the season.

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  • Published On Mar 16, 2014
  • Team USA/Team Canada Olympic Goalie Power Rankings: Week 7

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    Tim Thomas of the Florida Panthers is bidding for a Team USA roster spot for Sochi.

    Playing for the U.S. at Sochi was a reason why Tim Thomas came back…and is now in the mix. (Jack Dempsey/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    Each week, we’ll rank the top contenders to man the pipes for Team USA and Team Canada in Sochi based on their play to date. (All stats current as of Wed. Nov. 20)

    Team USA

    1. Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres

    Former NHL netminder and current CBC commentator Kelly Hrudey had Miller at No. 1 on his NHL goalie rankings last week. Can’t say I’d argue with him. This guy is such a proud athlete, he’s practically willing the Sabres to be competitive. He was at his world-beating best against the Maple Leafs on Friday, stopping 32 of 33 in a 3-1 win. (Last week: 1)

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  • Published On Nov 20, 2013


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