Bishop outstanding but Lightning falls 1-0 to Ducks in overtime
ANAHEIM, Calif. – It was an hour after Friday night’s game at the Honda Center that Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop finally emerged from the trainers’ room.
Bishop had outstanding, making a season-most 41 saves in the finale of Tampa Bay’s four-game, west-coast road trip. Dehydrated, he had cramped up and needed intravenous fluids.
Bishop, drinking from a bottle of orange Pedialyte, said he was fine. What hurt more he said was falling 1-0 to the Ducks on Ryan Getzlaf’s goal with 5.2 seconds left in the extra period.
“That is very, very, very frustrating,” Bishop said. “That’s not what we wanted. We wanted two points. It’s not the way you want to end the road trip.”
Especially the way the goal was scored: on a sequence that began with Victor Hedman’s offensive zone giveaway and ended with Tampa Bay’s Richard Panik knocking the puck into the net off Bishop’s glove in a valiant attempt to divert the puck that was slowly sliding toward the goal line.
“I’m pretty sure I got there before it crossed the goal line,” Panik said. “I tried to shoot it away and it hit (Bishop).”
The Lightning (14-8-1) got a point for the regulation tie, its only point on a 0-3-1 road trip.
Still, the Lightning will take it considering it had been outscored 16-6 in its previous three losses, played its third game in four nights and was playing the second of back-to-back games.
“The guys were determined,” coach Jon Cooper said.
It was Tampa Bay’s first loss in seven games this season that went to overtime or a shootout.
It also lost defenseman Radko Gudas midway though the second period to an upper-body injury sustained, presumably, in a first-period fight with Luca Sbisa. Cooper said holding Gudas out was just a precaution.
Bishop, who had played poorly in two previous starts, bounced back superbly, stopping three shorthanded breakaways and matching Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller, who made 31 saves as a late replacement for Viktor Fasth who was injured during warm-ups.
“You want that in your goaltender,” Cooper said. “Our backs were up against the wall. This was a tough trip for us. Did we want the two points? Yes. Is it tough to go home with one of eight? It is. But I don’t think the ice was tilted either way. That was a good hockey game between a couple of good teams. We were both desperate.”
The Lightning did much good in the game.
It played with a consistent energy that had been lacking on the trip. Despite the shot disadvantage, it kept many of Anaheim’s shots to the outside and did a decent job clearing rebounds.
But the Lightning also went 0-for-6 on the power play against one of the league’s worst penalty-kill teams, generating only six shots in 10 minutes, 39 seconds with the extra man.
It also hiccupped on the winning goal with Hedman giving up the puck in the Anaheim zone. Getzlaf skated the length of the ice with defenseman Sami Salo defending and Panik in tow.
Bishop stopped Getzlaf’s initial shot. Both Getzlaf and Salo whacked at the rebound which floated past the goalie’s glove but landed in the crease. Bishop reached back.
“I thought I had it,” he said.
Panik dove forward with his stick and swept the puck right to left as it touched the goal line. But he also swept it into Bishop and the puck deflected into the net.
“I got it on my stick on the goal line,” Panik said. “I tried to shoot it away but I hit him.”
“Just an unfortunate bounce,” Bishop said. “What are you going to do?”
What the Lightning will do after a stretch of seven of eight games on the road in which it went 3-4-1 is try to regroup next week with three home games against the Rangers, Flyers and Penguins.
“Do we want it to be a track meet like that all the time? No we don’t,” Cooper said. “But, hey, we got one (point). We’re taking it. We move on. We get to go home to our fans and try to build on this on our home ice.”