He didn't do that Thursday, losing a 4-1 game while Jonathan Bernier stopped 27 shots for the Avalanche. Entering the third period, the game was tied 1-1 and Dallas had almost four minutes of power play time. Bernier closed the door, and then Nathan MacKinnon slipped a soft goal past Bishop for what turned out to be the game-winner.
"Their goalie played well," Bishop said. "You've got to find a way to make one of those saves in the third period to keep the team in it. They got two there in the third where you've got to make a save."
Bishop started his 11th straight game. That's important. The Stars have two goalies in Bishop and Kari Lehtonen, and both have to carry their weight during the regular season for the Stars to return to the playoffs (not an easy task when you consider they have missed the post-season in seven of the previous nine years). But this is Ben Bishop's teams once the playoffs start.
And that's a good thing.
The Stars went out and got Bishop (signing him to a six-year contract last summer) because they need a goalie who can come through in the playoffs. They got a 31-year-old goalie in large part because he has already been to a Stanley Cup Final, because he is 21-13 in the post-season with 2.09 GAA and .927 save percentage.
For all of Lehtonen's 295 regular season wins, he is 8-10 in the playoffs with a 3.30 GAA and .887 save percentage. That's not good enough.
So Bishop is the great goaltending hope to which you must hitch your wagon. And the strange thing about that is you can't worry about all of this playoff talk until April. You know why he is here. You want to do everything to make sure he is working his way into Stanley Cup chasing role. And yet, you need immense patience.
"You really do have to dumb it down to game by game," he said. "You have to make the playoffs first. Then, once you get there, you have to adjust. Once you get there, it's an entirely different game."
The fact Bishop understands that makes him already infinitely more prepared for the playoffs than the string of goalies who have passed through Dallas since Marty Turco left almost a decade ago. Bishop can't look ahead, but he also knows once he gets to the playoffs, he'll know how it feels.
"I think there is an advantage to being there," Bishop said. "I do think every season is different, but it does feel more comfortable when you have been there before."
When Belfour arrived in Dallas, he was 32 and had played 58 playoff games with Chicago. It took him a lot of years to be "better" than the guy on the other end of the ice. And then he made history for the Stars, a history that might just help forge a future game plan for this organization.
But in the meantime, he has to make a habit walking off the ice feeling better than the other guy.
"Well, that is the second half of the season. That's what it is," Hitchcock said. "You have to win the special teams game and you have to win the goaltending battle. That's what this second half is. The temperature goes up. I thought we were OK tonight, but the temperature is going up and whoever raises their level is going to catch up to the temperature."
Source : https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-stars/stars/2018/01/13/bishops-better-stars-need-theirgoaltending-hope-come-playoff-time611