Ben Bishop is standing even taller than usual in the nets these days.
Thrust into the starting role with No. 1 Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson injured, the 6-foot-7 Bishop is starring for the Senators.
This success came at a critical juncture for Bishop, St. Louis native who ascended to the No. 3 role with the Blues before moving on to Ottawa in a trade last season.
Anderson is excelling as the starter this season. Top Senators prospect Robin Lehner is ready to move up from the AHL.
Bishop, 26, is trapped between the veteran and the phenom. He is working on a one-year deal.
As such he is potential trade fodder. He needs to build his value to the Senators and other NHL teams. And he is doing just that.
The NHL named Bishop its “Third Star” for his brilliant work last week. Then Ben topped that by making 44 saves against the Canadiens in Ottawa’s 2-1 shootout victory Monday night.
“Bishop to King 3. Checkmate,” Senators coach Paul MacLean quipped to reporters after the victory. “It’s all Ben Bishop. I thought their team really skated well and cut us off and didn’t give us an opportunity to do very much. Ben was outstanding in the net, obviously.”
Thanks to Bishop’s fill-in work, the Senators swept a four-game homestand and ran their winning streak to five games – including three victories by shootouts.
For more on Bishop's success and some other NHL notes and links, check out my posting on STLToday.com.