Cooper said it was asinine and preposterous to consider benching the starter who led the Lightning all season and into the third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Cooper was right.
Bishop made 26 saves in a 2-0, Game 5 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Sunday that moved the Lightning within one win of the Stanley Cup Final.
Tampa Bay leads the best-of-7 series 3-2 and can win the conference in Game 6 at Amalie Arena on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).
"Even though what happened the last few games, I wasn't discouraged," Bishop said. "There was nothing drastically wrong. Just wanted to come out and play the same way."