Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Lightning's Ben Bishop does the expected in Game 2 vs. Islanders (w/ video)

TAMPA — Of all of the concerns the Lightning might have had entering Game 2 of its second-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Islanders, the play of goalie Ben Bishop wasn't one of them.

Pulled after giving up four goals in a 5-3 Game 1 loss Wednesday, Bishop did what the Lightning expected him to do in Game 2, bounce back. The Vezina Trophy finalist for best goalie in the league made 19 saves, including a few critical ones early in the contest, to lead the Lightning to a 4-1 victory Saturday.

"I think he's tremendous about being able to turn the page," said forward Tyler Johnson, who had two goals and three points. "He's a guy we know is going to battle back. I thought we were able to help him out as much as possible, but when we needed Ben, he was there."

The Lightning was leading 1-0 in the first when New York center Casey Cizikas got the puck directly in front of Bishop while on a power play. Cizikas tried to snap it past Bishop, but the goalie had superb position and was able to make the save.

Shortly after killing that penalty, Jonathan Drouin gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead. The Islanders were able to cut their deficit to 2-1, but that was all they would get on Bishop and the Lightning.

"It was a great team effort," Bishop said. "We didn't get too much. We saw what we did wrong the first game and corrected it this game.

"I don't change anything," he said of his mind-set and game plan after the first game. "I keep it the same way. Game 1, there were a couple of unlucky bounces there. I was going to come back the same way for Game 2. That's just how I do it."

After a regular season in which he led the NHL in goals-against average with 2.06, was second in save percentage with .926 and tied for second in shutouts with six, the Lightning knew how Bishop was going to respond.

"That was a no-doubter for us," coach Jon Cooper said. "It doesn't happen very often that goals are going through him. It happened in Game 1. It hasn't happened the (rest of the) playoffs. He gives us efforts like that all the time.

"I don't know too many goalies that play the game that can have the A-plus game every night. He gives it to us 99 percent of the time."

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