Will anyone score a goal tonight?
That was the prevailing thought two periods into Game 1 of the Atlantic Division semifinal between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning. The reason? Carey Price and Ben Bishop. The gargantuan goalies combined to turn aside all 41 shots through 40 minutes.
The best save of all belonged to Bishop. Watch as the Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty work a beautiful 2-on-1. 'Patches' one-touches the pass back to Plekanec for a give-and-go. Plekanec finishes into what should be an open net. Then, Bishop happens:
Does Plekanec shoot the puck into Bishop's glove? Yes, in the sense Bishop is so big any part of the net constitutes shooting the puck into him. But Plekanec actually elevates this puck and Bishop still gets his glove up to make a wild save.
This game was the right kind of 0-0 tie through two periods, in that both teams were skating hard and trading chances. But the night belonged to the goalies early on.
Matt Larkin is an associate editor at The Hockey News and a regular contributor to the thn.com Post-To-Post blog. For more great profiles, news and views from the world of hockey, subscribe to The Hockey News magazine. Follow Matt Larkin on Twitter at @THNMattLarkin