Bolts’ Bishop thwarts Hawks’ Toews with massive save early in Game 6

Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop’s health has been a major concern in the Stanley Cup final, but in making a huge save on Hawks star Jonathan Toews in the first period of Game 6 Monday, Bishop showed he’s still got enough left in the tank to challenge the game’s top players.

Ben Bishop almost certainly isn’t anywhere close to 100 percent healthy, but in making an incredible save on Hawks captain Jonathan Toews late in the first period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final Monday, the Lightning goalie continued to show he doesn’t have to be in ideal condition to keep his team in an important game.

Bishop had already made several strong stops after Chicago came out strongly in front of their home crowd at United Center, but his right pad save on Toews – who had just received a slick pass from fellow Blackhawks star Patrick Kane – with some six minutes left in the fist period was spectacular:

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The Hawks outshot the Lightning by a whopping 13-4 margin in the first 20 minutes of Game 6, and although Bishop was up to the challenge on Toews’ scoring attempt, the Bolts will want to cut down on opportunities such as that one or this series won’t be going back to Tampa Bay for Game 7.