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Goaltender Matchup: Inside Lightning's Bishop

Tuesday, 06.02.2015 / 9:53 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

Goaltending plays an integral part in the Stanley Cup Playoffs so broke down the Stanley Cup Final battle between Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks and Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning. After starting with Crawford, it’s Bishop's turn in the spotlight.

Much like many goaltending coaches do before a playoff series, correspondent Kevin Woodley, the managing editor of InGoal Magazine, charted every goal scored with the help of a program from Double Blue Sport Analytics. Regular-season goals were recorded in their original Save Review System, and playoff goals, including how they were scored, were tracked in the soon-to-launch SRS 2.0. The graphics showing where goals went in and shots were taken from on the ice are nice, but the real value is analyzing the plays that led to them and whether they reveal strengths, weaknesses and tendencies that can be targeted.

Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning


Bishop has put himself in the history books during this playoff run by becoming the first goalie to backstop his team to the Cup Final with a road shutout in Game 7 of the conference finals, which Bishop did in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers. He also is the first goaltender with road shutouts in Games 5 and 7 of the same playoff series, and the first to win his first two Game 7 starts, a run that started in the Eastern Conference First Round against the Detroit Red Wings. But Bishop's first playoff experience hasn't all been positive, which is fitting because there are ups and downs that come with being a 6-foot-7 goaltender in the NHL.

D-men Gonchar, Zidlicky want to play in NHL in '15-16

Monday, 06.01.2015 / 11:05 PM / News

Veteran defensemen Sergei Gonchar and Marek Zidlicky each would like to play in the NHL for at least one more season.

"Had a meeting with Marek Zidlicky over the weekend," agent Allan Walsh tweeted Monday. "He is 100 percent committed to playing in the NHL next season."

Zidlicky, 38, had 27 points in 84 games with the New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings this season. He had three goals and eight assists in 21 games with the Red Wings after he was traded in early March but no points in six Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Gonchar, 41, told TVA Sports he intends to play one more NHL season. He had one goal, 13 assists and a plus-6 rating in 48 games for the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens this season.

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