Despite five straight losses, Bishop’s done ‘hell of a job’ for Tampa Bay

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In his last five starts, Ben Bishop hasn’t allowed more than two goals in a single game, stopping 128 of 136 shots for a .941 save percentage.

Yet over that stretch, he’s 0-5.


“He’s done a hell of a job for us,” Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper said, per the Tribune. “Look at how well he’s playing right now. It’s phenomenal that he hasn’t won in his last [five] starts.”

Cooper’s right. Bishop — a Vezina Finalist two years ago that backstopped the Bolts to last year’s Stanley Cup Final — could very well be playing the best hockey of his career.

He’s just not getting any run support.

The Lightning’s offensive woes have been well-documented. They head into Tuesday’s action ranked 22nd in the NHL at 2.4 goals per game — a pretty massive step back from last year, when they finished with the league’s most prolific offense.

Bishop’s also been a busy guy.

Andrei Vasilevskiy‘s blood clot issues kept him sidelined for most of the opening month of the season which, in turn, has seen Bishop shoulder the league’s second-heaviest load so far.

Only Vancouver’s Ryan Miller has  played more.

As a result, Bishop’s already been tagged with seven losses this season, one off the NHL “lead” (currently held by Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky).

And Cooper knows it isn’t fair.

“[Bishop’s] got as sparkling statistics as he’s ever had in his NHL career,” he explained. “Feeling for the kid.”