2014 NHL Awards - Red Carpet

Lightning’s Bishop fears being a ‘one-hit wonder’


By signing a “bridge” deal – albeit a golden gate of a bridge at almost $12 million over two years – Ben Bishop shows that he’s willing to prove to the Tampa Bay Lightning (and the rest of the NHL) that his breakthrough season wasn’t just a fluke. He told the Tampa Bay Times as much on Saturday.

“I had one really good year this year – I think I’ve still got to prove myself,” Bishop said. “I want to be consistent year in and year out. I don’t want to be a one-hit wonder. I want to be even better this year. I thought it was a fair deal on both sides.”

Really, the biggest question is which recording artist gets the one-hit wonder reference? Let’s go with “No one wants to be the goaltending Rico Sauve.”

It’s easy to dismiss the 27-year-old’s breakthrough 2013-14 campaign as a fluke, especially since his previous career-high for games played in a season was 22. Still, his career save percentage (.920) falls in line with his outstanding .924 mark from last season, so if nothing else, he’s at least taken advantage of his opportunities.

The real question might be whether or not he can recover from the injury issues that derailed the end of his outstanding season. He didn’t exactly guarantee that would happen.

“That’s the goal,” Bishop told the Tampa Bay Times about being ready by September. “I’m not going to say I will be, but I’m pretty confident.”

Now that he’s locked in with Tampa Bay through the 2016-17, Bishop doesn’t have to feel pressured into jumping back into action too soon. Even so, he seems eager to prove that he’s no Right Said Fred.

Tough start: Lehner knocked out of Sabres debut, won’t return

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Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.

Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.

During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.

It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.

As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.

Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.


‘Canes lose Wisniewski (lower body) 47 seconds into debut

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James Wisniewski‘s time as a Carolina Hurricane is off to a troubling start.

Wisniewski, acquired by the ‘Canes at this year’s draft, exited Thursday’s season-opener against Nashville early in the first period with a lower-body injury.

Shortly thereafter, the team ruled out his return.

Wisniewski, 31, was expected to play a fairly significant role on Carolina’s defense this year.

It’s unclear what the injury is or how severe it might be, but initial reports don’t sound good; Wisniewski appeared to be in significant pain and had to be helped off the ice.