Stars' Bishop Continues to Prove That He's an Elite Netminder

By Patrick Hoffman

When it comes to talking about the NHL’s elite goaltenders, the usual suspects will always get mentioned.

Guys like Andrei Vasilevskiy, Marc-Andre Fleury, Pekka Rinne, Henrik Lundqvist, Carey Price, Devan Dubnyk, Tuukka Rask, John Gibson, and so on and so forth. It’s easy to see why these guys come up in most conversations regarding top goaltenders in the league.

With that said, there is one masked man this season that flew under the radar and one that continues to fly under the radar in this year's Stanley Cup playoffs. It could be because he doesn’t play in a big hockey market or that his team in general does not get mentioned much.

I am talking about Dallas Stars’ goaltender Ben Bishop. Bishop, 32, was one of the league's best goaltenders in the regular season this year and because of it, he was named a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the league's top masked man. has been one of the best netminders in the league this season.

The numbers he put up in the regular season were outstanding. Bishop finished with a 27-15-2 with a 1.98 goals-against average, a .934 save percentage, and seven shutouts.

Bishop was also one of the main reasons why the Stars got into the playoffs this year. He is also perhaps the main reason why his team is in the second round and is just two victories away from getting into the Western Conference Finals.

As of this writing (May 2), Bishop 6-4 with a 2.24 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage in these playoffs. In these playoffs, Bishop has made a lot of big saves, has kept his team in just about every game, and is doing everything he can to lead them to the next round.

The truth of the matter is that Bishop has always been a great goaltender. Sure, he has had a lot of injury issues, but when he’s played, he has put up good numbers as he currently has 201 career wins with a 2.30 goals-against average, a .921 save percentage, and 31 shutouts.

Bishop is an elite goaltender, folks. It's time we start talking about and treating him as such.

Patrick covers the NHL for The Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave. 

He has previously covered the league for WTP SportsSportsnet.caKukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.

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