Rangers players celebrate J.T. Miller's goal against the Lightning's Ben Bishop in the third period of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final Tuesday. (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
Ben Bishop was looking to redeem himself for two sub-par games with a strong Game 6 Tuesday against the Rangers, but the Lightning goalie surrendered five goals on 26 shots – and even when he made an unreal save – as he did on Derick Brassard in the third period – the Blueshirts quickly scored.
Lightning goalie Ben Bishop struggled in two of three games prior to Game 6 between his Bolts team and the New York Rangers – and he continued to struggle Tuesday night in Tampa Bay, surrendering five goals on 26 shots before being pulled in the third period. Here's what kind of night it was for Bishop: even after he made a spectacular save – as he did on Blueshirts center Derick Brassard early in the third period – the Rangers scored seconds later.
This isn't to blame Bishop for the goal he allowed to J.T. Miller at the 3:02 mark of the third frame. Tampa's defense was porous all night and did him no favors. He wasn't wholly blameless either, but goalies know some nights simply don't go their way – and after Bishop's flailing save on Brassard was followed by Miller's first goal of the playoffs (and first career NHL post-season goal in his seventh game), he had to have an inclination the hockey gods weren't in his corner in Game 6:
Bishop stayed in Tampa's net another four minutes, but got the hook after Brassard's eighth goal of the playoffs made it 5-1 for the visiting team. He'll have a chance to redeem himself in Game 7 in Manhattan Friday.