Ben Bishop finally has his chance to prove he can withstand the rigors of life as a No. 1 goaltender in the NHL.
The 26-year-old, who has a 2.67 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in 45 games spanning three seasons with three teams, will have every opportunity to do so when the Tampa Bay Lightning open training camp.
"It's exciting, it's something you work your whole life for to get the chance," Bishop told The Tampa Tribune. "With Craig [Anderson] getting hurt, I had the opportunity to play a lot of games [for the Ottawa Senators], and I tried to make the most of it."
Bishop went 8-5-1 with a 2.45 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage for the Senators, keeping his team's postseason hopes afloat while Anderson recuperated from a right-ankle injury. Not long after Anderson returned to claim the starting job, Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman pounced near the NHL Trade Deadline.