April 4, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) looks on against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Lightning defeat the Hurricanes 5-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltender Ben Bishop Named NHL’s Number One Star After Last Night’s Shut Out Performance

After his stunning debut with his new team, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop was named NHL’s #1 Star. Shine like a star, he did indeed.

Bishop, who stands a towering 6’7, blocked all 45 shots wrought against him by the Carolina Hurricanes last night in the Lightning’s 5-0 shutout win, their first of the season.

As you can see from the video below, something that Ben Bishop has that is lacked by a good number of goaltenders, and that is fluidity of motion. There is not a lot of wasted motion, ergo wasted energy. This is crucial to a goalie’s ability to stay on point during the entirety of the game.

 With the addition of his perfect debut with the Lightning, Bishop now has a 9-5-0 record in the 14 games he has played this season. He currently has a 2.27 Goals Allowed Average and a .930 Save Percentage.

This puts him in 2nd place in the NHL for Save Percentage, tied with Columbus Blue Jackets Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. They are only topped by Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson, who has spent the whole of March on Injured Reserve with an Ankle Injury. Anderson has a GAA of 1.49 and a SV % of .952.

As I have said on numerous occasions before, you can never judge a player’s performance based solely off of one game. The Lightning have a tough road ahead, some of those against league leaders like the Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins.

It is the road ahead that will be the building blocks of Ben Bishop’s Lightning Legacy. However, if you take into consideration his performance in a Senators jersey and add that to the display he put on in Lightning Blue against the Hurricanes, I feel as if the Bolts Nation is in for one hell of a show.

 

What do you think of the Lightning’s newest goaltender? Do think that his size will serve as an advantage in front of the net? What do you think we can look forward to from the Lightning’s newest netminder? Let us know in the comments below!

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