Carey Price faced off against Ben Bishop last evening, and it was Bishop who came away with the game’s biggest save. Early in the first period, Bishop robbed Alex Galchenyuk of a surefire power play goal by reaching back and snagging a backhand attempt out of the air with his glove.
In any game involving Montreal this season, you would expect Canadiens goaltender Carey Price to be the one making the unthinkable saves. Monday night, however, Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop was not to be outdone by his Montreal counterpart.
Early in the first period, with the Canadiens on a power play, Tomas Plekanec let go a shot from the blueline that found its way onto the tape of Alex Galchenyuk. Galchenyuk deked to his backhand and attempted to shovel a shot past Bishop on his glove side as he scrambled to locate the puck. But, before Galchenyuk’s backhand found net, Bishop reached back and snagged the puck, taking away what looked like a surefire power play goal for Montreal.
In real time, it doesn’t look like much, but the replay shows how great the stop was:
The save was just the second of the game Bishop had been forced to make, but he went on to stop 32 pucks on the evening. Tampa Bay, who were two points back of Montreal for the Atlantic Division lead, picked up a 4-2 victory and moved into a tie for first place.
The Lightning and Canadiens face off one more time before the playoffs begin, on March 30, in what could be the last preview of the Atlantic Division final before the two teams play for keeps in the postseason.