A huge part of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final has been the battle between 2013 Cup winner Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks and Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning. NHL.com scouted the goalies before the series and will track their performances each game, identifying attack trends and shot quality. Kevin Woodley, managing editor of InGoal Magazine, will use Double Blue Sports Analytics software to chart goals and shots in each game. Here are his findings from Game 3, a 3-2 victory by the Lightning.
Ben Bishop stole the spotlight and the headlines in Game 3 on Monday by overcoming an apparent injury to make 36 saves to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks.
As gutsy as Bishop's effort was while facing the most shots in this series so far, especially during a 19-shot barrage in the first period, the shot metrics tell a different story in terms of quality.