New Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop could be long-term answer in net

5:01 PM, Apr 9, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) looks on against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center on April 4, 2013. The Lightning defeat the Hurricanes 5-0. (Credit: James Guillory, USA TODAY Sports)


Tampa, Florida -- Has the Lightning finally found a man for the net? Ben Bishop hit the ice in style making 103 saves in just three games with the Bolts.

"You know you want to show your new team what you can do and to be able to have that kind of outcome sets the bar pretty high," he said.

Bishop has been busy. He's been in six cities, two countries and played five games in seven days. But, he's finally settling in with his new teammates by the Bay.

"There are a lot of good guys," said Bishop. "You can see potential moving forward."

The problems recently for the Bolts have been between the pipes. The Lightning hasn't really had a consistent goalie since the team hoisted the Stanley Cup. But, after watching just a few short games with his new goalie, Jon Cooper says it's hard to find flaws with Ben Bishop.

"He's been square to pucks. He's quick," said the Lightning's first-year coach. "He's given us no reason to pull him out."

At 6-foot-7 he's presumed to be the tallest goalie in NHL history and the Lightning hopes he comes up big for years to come.

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