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Lightning's Bishop, Stamkos named to All-Star Game

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) in net against the Los Angeles Kings during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Wednesday evening (11/25/15).

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Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) in net against the Los Angeles Kings during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Wednesday evening (11/25/15).

Bishop, Stamkos named to All-Star team

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

And now Bishop, below, has been rewarded, named to his first All-Star team Wednesday, joining Florida's Roberto Luongo as the two goalies on the Atlantic Division team. Captain Steven Stamkos joins Bishop as the Lightning's representatives. This is Stamkos' fourth All-Star selection. He is one of six forwards for the Atlantic, which also has three defensemen as part of the game's new 3-on-3 tournament format.

Under the format, only six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders make it from each of the four divisions, and every team had to be represented.

The game is on Jan. 31 in Nashville.

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

"You grow up watching the game, and now to be considered an All-Star is pretty cool," Bishop said. "It's exciting to be able to represent this organization and this city."

Stamkos leads the Lightning with 17 goals, though he is minus-1.

"To be an All-Star in the NHL … that's something that is a tremendous honor," he said.

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

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