Goalie Ben Bishop‘s knack for surviving shootouts has helped the Ottawa Senators stay in hot pursuit of the Northeast Division leaders. Bishop’s record improved to 4-0 in such contests after the New Jersey Devils missed three of four attempts in a 3-2 shootout win at Scotiabank Place on Monday night.
Bishop had already saved 32 shots in regulation before yet again coming up clutch in the later stages.
“No, [I can’t attribute it to anything],” Bishop said, via NHL.com. “Right now, it helps for me to stay patient and it helps when the guys score [in the shootout.] I was a little mad at myself for allowing [Travi Zajac] to score when we had a chance to win it. But when we went to the fourth round, I definitely knew we’d score.”
It is hard to pinpoint any one aspect of his game when explaining the shootout success for Bishop outside of the win total, which ranks second in the league. Bishop has only played in 11 games on the season and has yet to record a shutout, but does boast a 7-4 win loss record, .923 save percentage and .255 goals against average. Monday night’s start broke the mark for the most games Bishop has started in an NHL season.
The Senators’ (18-9-6) 42 points now places them three points behind the first-placed Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins in their division, also good for the fourth-best total in the Eastern Conference. It’s been a steady climb for Ottawa, having notched a point in eight of their past nine contests.