Funny how we went into the Tampa Bay-Detroit series with all eyes on the Red Wings’ goaltending situation. After Petr Mrazek starred in Game 1, those eyes have suddenly turned their focus to the man in the Lightning net.
Suffice to say, Thursday was not a banner night for Ben Bishop. The 28-year-old — the same one who’s been called the Lightning’s “rock” — stopped just 11 of 14 shots in his NHL playoff debut, as the Bolts fell by a score of 3-2 despite outshooting the Wings 46-14.
“The first one, I didn’t see,” explained Bishop, per the Tampa Tribune. “The second one, I didn’t see. The third one, I take a step out to cut down the angle, and he cuts back to the middle and I’m trying to get back in the net.”
It was that third one, by Detroit’s Luke Glendening, that Bishop probably wanted back the most…
But hey, it was only one game.
“I thought the guys did a great job,” said Bishop. “Their goalie played well. We just didn’t get the bounces tonight. … If we play like that, we’ll win more games than we’ll lose.”