The National Hockey League's Public Relations department revealed a gem from the NHL record books last night after Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop came one step closer, and one step away, from closing in on National Hockey League history.
According to NHL PR Bishop, who made 28 saves on his way to shutting out the New York Islanders on Sunday night, recorded his 4th career shut out in a playoff clinching game, good enough for second most in NHL history. Two more names are currently tied with Bishop, both of them legendary goaltenders, Martin Brodeaur, and Jacques Plante. The only goaltender to have done it more than 4 times is arguably one of the most underrated goaltenders in NHL history, Chris Osgood, who had an impressive 5 series-clinching shut outs.
It's a statistic that reveals one the most important intangibles in all of sport, "clutch" and it's an ability that has made players like Washington Capital Justin Williams household names. Bishop is definitely a clutch player, and one more series-clinching shutout would tie his for first among goaltenders in NHL history.