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Player Spotlight: Healthy Ben Bishop to build upon Vezina finalist season

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

Each weekday during leading up to Lightning training camp in mid-September, will take a look at a Bolts player before the 2014-15 NHL season...

Goalie Ben Bishop

HEIGHT 6-7    

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ACQUIRED In a trade from Ottawa in exchange for Cory Conacher on April 3, 2013

BORN Denver, Colorado

EXPERIENCE NHL – 6th, Lightning – 3rd

Signed a two-year contract extension on August 2, 2014 ... Under contract with Lightning until 2017-18

2013-14 SEASON: Appeared in 63 games for the Lightning, setting career-highs for wins (37), goals-against average (2.23), save percentage (.924), shutouts (five) and games played (63)…Ranked fourth in the NHL for wins, seventh for goals-against average,  seventh for save percentage and tied for fifth for shutouts with five…Set new Lightning records in a season for wins, save percentage and goals-against average…Moved into second place for most saves in a season in team history with 1,625…Tied for second for most shutouts in a season by a Lightning goalie with five... Missed the final three games of the season with an upper body injury…Recorded a Lightning franchise-best 48 saves on Jan. 19 at CAR…Won eight of his first 10 decisions, a new Lightning record to start a season…2014 Playoffs: Missed all four playoff games with an upper body injury.


SEASON PREVIEW IN 50 WORDS OR LESS: Expectations are high for Bishop this season after finishing as a Vezina Trophy finalist last season. He is rehabbing from off-season wrist surgery but is expected to be 100 percent healthy by the time training camp starts. With an improved defensive core, Bishop should continue to be a wall for the Lightning.



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