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Bishop, Stamkos named to 2016 NHL All-Star team

Steven Stamkos, left, leads the Lightning with 17 goals. Ben Bishop, right, is playing arguably the best hockey of his career, posting a 2.06 goals against average that is fourth in the league.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Steven Stamkos, left, leads the Lightning with 17 goals. Ben Bishop, right, is playing arguably the best hockey of his career, posting a 2.06 goals against average that is fourth in the league.

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Goalie Ben Bishop has been the Lightning's most valuable player this season.

And now Bishop has gotten rewarded, named to his first All-Star team Wednesday, one of two goalies on the Atlantic Division team (Roberto Luongo, Florida). Captain Steven Stamkos will be joining Bishop, his fourth All-Star selection, as one of six forwards. There are also three defensemen for each division team.

The game is on Jan. 31 in Nashville, a 3-on-3 format for the three-game tournament.

Bishop is playing arguably the best hockey of his career, posting a 2.06 goals against average that is fourth in the league, his record 15-13-3 only due to the Lightning's lack of scoring.

"It'd be a huge honor," Bishop said Tuesday of the possibility. "As a little kid, you used to watch that all the time, a fun thing to watch. So to be part of it one day would be really special."

Stamkos leads the Lightning with 17 goals, though is a minus-nine.

"Anytime you get a chance to go there it's an honor," Stamkos said. "You never know how many you'll get a chance to play in. For me I've been fortuante to play in a few, and always enjoy it."

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 1:07pm]

    

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