Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/15/14
With pucks zipping around the boards, bodies flying around the crease and chaos ensuing all around, Ben Bishop took a small stride to slide out to the top of his crease to snare a 52-foot slap shot from Derrick Brassard with his glove. In a moment of serenity, Bishop stood there, glove outstretched with the puck protected in the webbing, calmly and confidently making sure everybody around him knew he had the situation under control as the Rangers made a late power-play push. In his first game back since suffering a sprained wrist on Jan. 5, Bishop took on the staring role for the Lightning against the Broadway Blue Shirts stopping 33 shots as Tampa Bay knocked off the New York Rangers 2-1 in front of an announced crowd of 18.006 at Madison Square Garden. Victor Hedman scored his 10th goal of the season, tied for the league lead among defenseman, while rookie Nikita Kucherov scored on a breakaway nine seconds after Hedman for his third game-winning goal of the season, tied for third among rookies. The victory ended a stretch for Tampa Bay in which it played eight games in eight different cities - including one at home - with the Lightning coming out of the two-week span with a 5-3 record. With points in 14 of the past 20 games, Tampa Bay is tied with Boston atop the Atlantic Division standings, though the Bruins have a game in hand. Bishop is a big reason the Lightning are in that position, with a 23-5-3 record, 1.83 goals against average and league-leading .937 save percentage. He improved his all-time record against the Rangers to 5-0 with a 0.91 goals against average and .970 save percentage, with that third-period save on Brassard a indication that Bishop was on top of his game in his first game back in over a week. “He was probably our best player tonight,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. “He was feeling it, and I think when you talk any coach, your bench feels it as well. Goaltending matters, and we needed him tonight and he helped us.’’ It didn’t take long for Bishop to get into the game, making a glove save on Ryan Callahan at 5:05 of the first and then making a left pad stop on a breakaway chance by Chris Kreider 43 seconds later.
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