Senators' goalie a 6-foot-7 rookie

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 09, 2012
At 6-foot-7, Ben Bishop casts an imposing figure in the Ottawa Senators' net. His teammates are more impressed with the rookie's poise and confidence than his size. Bishop made 25 saves in his home debut with the Senators, and Ottawa beat the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers 4-1 Thursday night. ''Bishop played unbelievable,'' defenseman Jared Cowen said. ''I think that's a good thing for us because going down the stretch goalies are huge. He's already been a big part of the team for us.'' The Senators were in need of solid goaltending after Craig Anderson injured his hand. Bishop was acquired from the St. Louis Blues before last week's NHL trade deadline. ''It was a big team win, but for myself it was just nice to get my first one at home and get that under my belt,'' Bishop said. Nick Foligno had the winning goal, and Zack Smith, Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza, with an empty-netter, also scored for the Senators (36-25-8). The Rangers (42-17-7) grabbed a 1-0 lead on Ryan Callahan's first-period goal, but dropped to 30-2-3 in games in which they scored first. New York, which lost 4-1 at New Jersey on Tuesday, hadn't lost two straight in regulation since Dec. 13 and 15. ''We didn't do a good enough job in a lot of areas,'' defenseman Ryan McDonagh said. ''We weren't good defending around our net, and they took advantage.'' Martin Biron made 18 saves. New York, which began a stretch of three games in four days, is expected to have No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist in net Friday at Chicago. The Rangers are 1-2-1 in their past four, matching their worst stretch of the season. ''I think we're beating ourselves sometimes in a game and finding ways to lose,'' coach John Tortorella said. ''We're just going to continue to keep working on our game and chip out the mistakes and see if we can get a little traction here.'' The Senators are one point behind sixth-place New Jersey in the Eastern Conference. ''I think a game like this just goes to show that we can beat those kinds of teams like Boston and New York,'' Cowen said. ''It's a good confidence booster for playoffs.'' With just seven shots through two periods, the Senators rarely tested Biron, but Ottawa took advantage of a number of rebounds. Turris scored his eighth of the season, jumping on the rebound of Daniel Alfredsson's shot from the point to give the Senators a 3-1 lead early in the third. Spezza made it 4-1 with just over a minute remaining. Despite being outshot 9-3 in the second, the Senators held their own against the Rangers because of the play of Bishop, who made his second with the Senators. The 25-year-old goalie made a number of big saves, including a great stop on Ruslan Fedotenko late in the period. Bishop looked a little nervous at the start as the Rangers grabbed the lead 4:36 in. Callahan tipped a pass from Brad Richards into an open right side of the net as he caught Bishop moving. The lead was short-lived as Smith fired in a slap shot from the top of the left circle at 5:50 for his first goal in 13 games. ''It wasn't good to let in that first one,'' Bishop said. ''I think the team responded great getting a goal right back and we didn't give up many chances and we didn't give up too many rebounds.'' With just over a minute left in the period, Foligno banged in Jim O'Brien's rebound to give the Senators a 2-1 lead. It was Foligno's third goal of 2012, and the first that wasn't an empty-netter. The Senators split the season series with the Rangers at two wins each. NOTES: The Rangers have lost back-to-back games in regulation only three times this season. They dropped one in regulation and one in a shootout on Feb. 21 and 24. ... The Senators were without G Craig Anderson (finger, indefinitely), C Peter Regin (shoulder, out for season), C Jesse Winchester (concussion, indefinitely). D Matt Carkner, RW Bobby Butler and C Zenon Konopka were healthy scratches. The Rangers were without D Michael Sauer (concussion, indefinitely) and C Brandon Dubinsky (broken nose, day-to-day). D Steve Eminger and D Jeff Woywitka were healthy scratches.
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