Friday, February 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning's Bishop pulled in first rough outing of season

TAMPA — Coach Jon Cooper has been riding the hot hand of G Ben Bishop in his recent roll.

But Saturday, Cooper gave Bishop the hook.

Bishop, who had won his first five starts, allowed four goals on 17 shots before getting pulled with 4 minutes, 13 seconds left in the second period down 4-0 to the Bruins.

"It's one of those things that sometimes the team needs a momentum shift, sometimes you're not doing your job," Bishop said. "It's one of those things where there's 82 games. You can't let one game get to you."

Bishop hadn't allowed more than two goals in any of his first five games. The goal that bothered him the most Saturday was by C Patrice Bergeron, who beat him through his legs on a wrist shot to make it 3-0. "Got to have that," Bishop said.

Cooper said he should have yanked Bishop after that one.

"He's been great for us," Cooper said. "Would he sit here and say he would like a few of those back? I'm sure he would. But this falls nowhere near our goaltenders."

In relief, Anders Lindback saw his first game action since Oct. 12. Lindback gave up a goal on the first shot he saw, a Shawn Thornton wrist shot 34 seconds into the third, but had four saves.

"They scored right away, and then I thought I came into it and tracked the puck," he said.

Lindback, who has made just two starts, understands why Bishop has been given more opportunities. "I'd probably do the same if I was the coach," he said.

Rough night: D Victor Hedman was minus-5 in the 5-0 loss, saying it was "tough to swallow," but he plans to bounce back from the rare performance. Only three players were minus-5 in a game last year, hockey-reference.com says. "There's going to be games like this where everything goes against you," Hedman said. "You just have to be professional, look yourself in the mirror, refocus and come back ready to work Monday."

UP AND DOWN: As expected, RW Brett Connolly was sent back to AHL Syracuse after the game. But Connolly, 21, called up to provide insurance with RW Marty St. Louis' foot injury suffered against the Kings on Tuesday, was grateful to get brought up so quickly in the season and to get into a game. Thursday against the Wild he logged 9:38 of ice time. Connolly was scratched Saturday, with P.C. Labrie back in. "I know my opportunity will come. It's just a matter of when that is," Connolly said. "I've just got to keep improving my game and get better every single day and be a good teammate (at Syracuse). I'm excited for the future."

SEEING RED: Bishop grew up in St. Louis and is a big Cardinals fans, attending about 10 games at Busch Stadium each summer. So he was thrilled to watch the Cardinals' clinching victory over the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series on Friday on TV while wearing his lucky red shirt. Bishop said he got to see the Cardinals in Game 1 of the 2011 World Series and a first-round playoff game last season. "It's nuts, that atmosphere," Bishop said of Busch Stadium. "It's the best."

misc.: LW Jonathan Drouin, the No. 3 overall draft pick this year, is back playing for Halifax of the junior Quebec league after a minor groin strain healed. … Defensemen Keith Aulie and Mark Barberio were also scratched.

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