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Best of the Bolts: Elite Eight Voting - White Bracket

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

Voting for the fourth group of Best of the Bolts matchup starts at noon on August 26 and ends at noon on August 29. Each matchup is listed below and you can vote as many times as you'd like for your favorite play in each matchup.

Bish Please vs. Tic-Tac-Goal


Since coming to Tampa Bay via trade during the 2012-13 season, Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop has been at his best in playoff series clinching situations.

During the Bolts’ 2015 run to the Stanley Cup Final, Bishop blanked both the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 of a first round series and the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, the first time the Rangers had ever lost a Game 7 at Madison Square Garden.

Bishop’s playoff prowess continued in the 2016 postseason.

After recording a shutout in a clinching Game 5 against the Red Wings in the first round, Bishop repeated the feat against the Islanders in the second round, spearheading a 4-0 Game 5 victory at Amalie Arena that vaulted the Bolts into the Eastern Conference Final for a second-straight year.

Bishop made 28 saves in Game 5. His best came early in the final period with the Lightning holding a 3-0 lead. Cal Clutterbuck’s shot from the slot sailed over the net and caromed to Johnny Boychuk on the post.

Bishop had his head turned backward trying to locate Clutterbuck’s shot but kept his right leg extended at the post. By the time Boychuk tried to jam a shot home, Bishop was in a full split to keep his goal covered.

Bishop recorded his fifth career playoff shutout in Game 5 against the Islanders, tying him with Nikolai Khabibulin for most in Lightning franchise history.


An early-season tilt in Winnipeg was a lesson in perseverance for the Lightning.

Tampa Bay held leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 during regulation. The Jets answered each time, forcing overtime.

The Lightning needed just 36 seconds in the extra frame to come away with both points.

Steven Stamkos blocked a puck at the defensive blue line and started a three-on-one break the other way with Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat.

Tyler Myers was the lone player back for Winnipeg, Ondrej Pavalec the last line of defense in goal.

The Lightning trio proceeded to make them both look silly.

Stamkos hit a trailing Hedman, who sent it back to Stamkos, who passed cross-ice to Palat, who tapped in on the back post.

The overtime win was the Bolts’ lone victory on their second road trip of the season, a four-gamer in October in which the Bolts went 1-1-2.

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