Injured Ben Bishop Delivers Heroic Performance to Lift Lightning in Game 3

June 8th, 2015 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

CHICAGO — There’s no denying there’s something physically wrong with Ben Bishop—unless you’re an employee of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The goaltender spent most of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final moving laterally like an 83-year-old man doing the Electric Slide two weeks after hip replacement surgery. Bishop, nursing perhaps a groin injury, rarely ventured from his crease to play the puck and consistently lifted himself off the ice after dropping to his knees as if he had a bear trap on his leg.

He barely had a leg to stand on Monday night at United Center, but Bishop’s back was just fine, as he carried the Lightning to a 3-2 victory against the Blackhawks and a subsequent 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series with one of the more compelling performances in Stanley Cup Final history.

Bishop made 36 saves, including 18 while under siege in the first period, in obvious distress. If the lower-body injury that dare not be discussed wasn’t enough, Bishop had to contend with the 6'1" Brandon Saad delivering a forearm to his head during the second period that left Bishop prone on the ice fo ...

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