May 29, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) celebrates after defeating the New York Rangers in game seven of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
#4: Solving Ben Bishop
The case of Ben Bishop is a curious one, to say the least. Much like the Blackhawks’ own goaltender, Corey Crawford, fans have seen both the good and bad from Tampa’s goaltender in these playoffs. Just two games ago, Bishop was pulled after allowing six goals. Now, he starts in the Stanley Cup Final.
It will be interesting to see what version of Ben Bishop takes the ice on Wednesday night. Will the pressure get to him? It seems that as the playoffs wear on, it has slowly taken it’s toll. Crawford, on the other hand, has played better and better as the Playoffs march on.
When Bishop is on his game, he is one of the NHL’s best goaltenders. If that Bishop shows up early in the series, it offers a good chance for the Lightning to take control in the first two games. It will be another test for the Blackhawks’ offense, but after taking care of Devan Dubnyk in four straight games earlier this spring, it’s nothing they can’t handle.