Jan 1, 2014; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen (36) watches a loose puck in front of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop (30) during the third period at Rogers Arena. The Tampa Bay Lightning won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

ICYMI: Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltender Ben Bishop Makes Incredible Standing Save

If there is one thing that Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop has become known for this season, it is that his tremendous skill between the pipes allowing him to make some pretty spectacular saves; however, I don’t think anyone has ever seen Bishop makes a save quite like this.

Tonight, the Tampa Bay Lightning headed to the Rogers Arena to go head-to-head with Henrik Sedin and the Vancouver Canucks. Thanks to a whole team effort, led mostly in part by the Lightning rookies, the Lightning were able to leave Vancouver with 2 more points, delivering a 4-2 loss to the Canucks.

One moment in particular seemed to stick in people’s minds.

Very early on in the third period, the puck was being played in the Lightning’s defensive zone. After the Lightning was unable to clear the puck out of the zone, it was brought back towards the net by the Vancouver Canucks.

Canucks right wing Jannik Hansen got a hold of the puck and tried feverishly to get the puck into the net; however, in one of the most bizarre saves I have ever seen, Bishop was able to hold off the assault.

However, Bishop did not stop the puck with his glove, his stick, or his blocker…oh no, Bishop stopped this puck with his skates. It even got a small laugh out of “The Chief” Bobby Taylor, who was doing commentary with Rick Peckham.

Before we go any further, why don’t you take a look for yourself?


With a little help at the very end from the stick of defenseman Radko Gudas, Bishop was able to pull off a standing save with just his skates.

And just think…Team USA decided to omit Bishop from their roster. Oh well, their loss, our gain.

Have you ever seen a save like that before? Could Ben Bishop be the Lightning’s franchise goaltender? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think?


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  • Sonny Chiba

    Might have seen a stop like that some 40 years ago – Got a flashback of Cesare Maniago or Gump Worsley back in the day, when goalies were adherents to the stand-up style, and shooters who ventured into the crease (for a second poke at the puck) were sure to get roundly slashed about the ankles, or get a mouthful of knuckles for their trouble.

    Definitely a unique moment.

    As for Ben’s exclusion from Team USA; a terrible, terrible oversight by David Poile. One which may come back to haunt him, as Jimmy Howard is having a miserable year and Jonathan Quick may not be 100% headed into Sochi. Ryan Miller, while often brilliant, can run hot and cold – And when he’s cold, watch out. Bishop would have provided a more than viable back-up (if not serving as a bona fide starter) should Miller falter or suffer an injury.

    Bishop’s a high-pressure, money-goalie – He’s been the greatest factor in the Bolts’ continued competitiveness in the standings, in spite of injuries, a revolving-door down to Syracuse, and some incredibly sloppy and undisciplined play (on a nightly basis) by this rag-tag team (sans Stamkos.) He covers for a LOT of bad play, and defensive-zone giveaways, when the Lightning start playing their aggravating “hot-potato” style. Ben is the Bolts Hart candidate at this point, and one of the top-three goalies in the league, considering the volume of games he’s started; and number of shots he’s faced. The sample size (hencefar) is substantive.

    Franchise goalie? Hellz yeah. I’d have him out there for 65-70 games a season; easily. Barring injury, he will only get better.

    • Junior Barnes

      Well said. As a Bolts fan, its so nice to have an asset in net after years and years of liabilities. First solid net minder since #35 hoisted the cup a decade ago….

      Bishop got a HUGE snub from Team USA. Ryan Miller made the roster based on the goalie he used to be 6 years ago. Quick, Bishop and Howard should be the 3 suiting up……