Detroit's Joakim Andersson celebrates after scoring on Lightning goalie Ben Bishop in Game 4 of Tampa Bay's first-round playoff series against the Red Wings. (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
Lightning goalie Ben Bishop hasn't been having the best post-season, and in Game 4 of Tampa Bay's first-round series against Detroit Thursday, he made a monstrous mistake, batting a shot from Joakim Andersson into his own net.
Ben Bishop hasn't been having the best post-season for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and his troubles continued Thursday in Game 4 of the Bolts' first-round series against Detroit when he batted a shot from Red Wings winger Joakim Andersson into his own net.
Leading the Lightning 2-1 in their series heading into Game 4, the Wings were already up 1-0 Thursday in Detroit when Bishop deflected Andersson's snap shot with his glove late in the second period and tried to bat the puck away with his stick. Unfortunately for Bishop, the puck went off his crossbar, and when he stretched back to try and stop it from crossing the goal line – you guessed it – he pushed it just enough to cross the goal line:
The Lightning were heavily-favored to beat the Red Wings in the series and challenge for the Eastern Conference title and a Stanley Cup, and if they fail to make it out of the first round in part due to sub-par goaltending, GM Steve Yzerman will have a major decision to make involving Bishop (who entered Game 4 with an .897 save percentage) and highly-touted backup Andrei Vasilevskiy in the off-season.