GoalieGate? Who Will Start In The Lightning Net For Game 3?
Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper’s refusal to name a starting goalie raises questions on all fronts.
A pivotal Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final awaits the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks tonight over at the United Center.
Game 3 is huge as the Lightning could take back home-ice advantage with a win, forcing the Hawks to defend their home ice in Game 4 or go back to Florida down 3-1. If the Hawks win, the Lightning will need Game 4 to prevent having their backs up against the wall when the series shifts back to Florida.
In such an important game, each team will need their best protecting the net. It’s unknown if Tampa Bay will be able to field that in Game 3, as still just a few hours before game time they refused to reveal whether they’d start 28 year old Ben Bishop or 20 year old Andrey Vasilevskiy.
Bishop, who started 58 of the team’s regular season games with a 2.32 goals allowed average and .916 save %, allowed three goals in just over 50 minutes of ice time in Game 2 but left with an undisclosed issue. He was seen walking into the locker room with a trainer.
Vasilevskiy, who started 12 regular season games with a 2.36 goals allowed average and .918 save %, shut the Blackhawks out over the last 9:13 of Game 2 with a one goal lead. He has started one playoff game this year and relieved Bishop in another, but it’s still hard to call the 2012 1st Round pick experienced on the playoff stage.
Bishop choked today that he feels like Marshawn Lynch, who famously doesn’t talk to the media. Whether it was an injury, disciplinary issue, or even a bathroom break, there doesn’t seem to be anyone outside the team that knows the scoop right now. What’s your theory?
As usual, Cup-winning goalie Corey Crawford will be in his net for the Hawks. Regardless of who’s in theirs, secure your chance to see the Blackhawks on the verge of a dynasty! Get your Finals tickets from Gold Coast Tickets today!