Voting for the fourth group of Best of the Bolts matchup starts at noon on August 17 and ends at noon on August 19. 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. Putting Up Palat of Points
MAY 8, 2016: BISH, PLEASE
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.
MARCH 5, 2016: PUTTING UP PALAT OF POINTS
Ondrej Palat scored his 50th career goal in a 4-3 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in early March, and No. 50 might have been the prettiest of all.
In a scoreless game, Palat took possession of the puck inside the Bolts’ defensive zone, then proceeded to weave his way through a plethora of Canes. Once he got a step on Ron Hainsey, he blew past the Carolina defenseman and powered toward goal before beating Canes goalie Eddie Lack with a shot at the far post.
Palat would go on to score career goal No. 51 later in the game.
Behind Palat’s pair of goals, the Lightning won their ninth game in a row to set a new franchise record.
Tic-Tac-Goal vs. Vasy Robs Crosby
OCTOBER 23, 2015: TIC-TAC-GOAL
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.
MAY 16, 2016: VASY ROBS CROSBY
With Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final tied 2-2 midway through the second period, Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby thought he had an easy tap-in on the back post to pull the Penguins in front.
Lightning backup goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, making his second-ever postseason start in place of the injured Ben Bishop, had other ideas.
Evgeni Malkin had drawn Vasilevskiy to the right of goal with a strong rush down the wing. Malkin spied an open Crosby on the back post and slipped a cross-ice pass into his path.
Crosby had the whole goal to shoot at with Vasilevskiy out of position and tried to backhand the puck into the center of the net.
Vasilevskiy, though, displayed his side-to-side speed, sliding over to meet the puck and snatch it out of the air with his glove, centimeters before the puck crossed the goal line.
Crosby could only shake his head in disbelief at the should-have-been goal. He would get his revenge later, however, scoring the overtime game-winner in a 3-2 Penguins victory in Game 2.