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Bishop shows worth as Lightning shut out Flames

Ben Bishop
Ben Bishop
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According to the Canadian Press, Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning made 19 saves on Friday as the Lightning blanked the Calgary Flames 2-0 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The shutout for Bishop was significant because it came only two days after he was named off the American national team in men's hockey at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, even though he is a definite Vezina Trophy cadidate, and having a better season than the chosen goaltenders of Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings, Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings.

Bishop, who made 19 saves in Friday's victory, has sparkled this season. He has a record of 22-5-3 with a 1.83 goals against average, .936 save percentage and four shutouts. He leads the National Hockey League in save percentage and shutouts.

The Lightning also had strong defensive play Friday, and did a great job in limiting the Flames' scoring opportunities. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper has done an excellent job in making Tampa Bay a legitimate threat in the Eastern Conference.

The Flames drop to 14-21-6 and will next play in Colorado on Monday.

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