The Tampa Bay Lightning saw starting netminder Ben Bishop pulled two games ago against the New York Islanders – but after a strong bounce-back performance in his following game, the team isn’t hesitating to let the goaltender get the nod.
The Lightning confirmed on Tuesday that Bishop will start game three between the Florida club and the Islanders, with head coach Jon Cooper revealing only that in terms of the team’s lineup for their game in a few hours.
Bishop, who was named one of the league’s three Vezina finalists as goaltender of the year, has gone 5-2-0 during the postseason with a .933 save percentage in all situations. Although he doesn’t have the highest numbers of all the playoff goaltenders, he’s one of the most consistent performers thus far, and boasts just one fewer playoff win on the postseason than the current leader (as Martin Jones is sitting on six wins).
The Lightning are currently playing in New York, where the team will look to build off of their recent 4-1 win over the Islanders to try and take their second round and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The two teams will face off at 7:00 PM EST at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.