Bishop bests idol Brodeur

Sens goaltender Ben Bishop idolized Martin Brodeur, and now he’s got the better the Devils’ great on two occasions.

Sens goalie Ben Bishop turns a shot away as Steve Bernier of the Devils drives to the net Monday night at Scotiabank Place. Photo by André Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images.

Ottawa Senators goaltender Ben Bishop grew up watching New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur.
Bishop still marvels at everything about Brodeur, from his ability to stop pucks, to his stick-handling abilities to his phenomenal longevity in the NHL.
But it’s Brodeur and the Devils who were once again left wondering what they have to do to defeat Bishop.
Bishop stole a 3-2 shootout win for the Senators on Monday night, making him a perfect 2-for-2 against the Devils and the future Hall of Famer Brodeur.
Bishop stopped 32 of 34 shots in regulation and overtime and then outduelled Brodeur in the shootout.
Mika Zibanejad and Daniel Alfredsson scored on their shootout attempts for the Senators, while only Travis Zajac found the range against Bishop. Bishop stopped Andrei Loktionov to preserve the shootout victory.
Back on Feb. 18, Bishop stopped 30 of 31 shots in regulation and then beat Brodeur in a shootout — stopping all three shots he faced — to lead the Senators to a 2-1 victory, the club’s first win after losing defenceman Erik Karlsson.
The Senators can thank Bishop for getting any points at all, hanging on to get the game to extra time.
In the final minute of the entertaining overtime, Brodeur flashed his trapper to rob Alfredsson. With the clock ticking down, Steve Bernier rifled a shot off Bishop’s mask directly to Adam Henrique, who had a wide-open net. The puck, however, bounced over Henrique’s stick.
After a quick start to the game, the Senators were a disorganized lot for the final 50 minutes of regulation.
They generated little offence: a grand total of seven shots in the second and third periods.
They delivered sloppy defence: coughing up the puck inside their own zone and in the neutral zone.
Marek Zidlicky took advantage of that weak defensive-zone coverage to tie the game 2-2 at the 6:05 mark of the third, skating into the slot from his point position and beating Bishop high to the glove side.
The Senators didn’t do much of anything for the first 19:43 of the second period, outshot 12-2 by the Devils.
Just as the crowd of 18,902 at Scotiabank Place was settling in for a 1-1 deadlock at the second intermission, Colin Greening jumped on a fat Brodeur rebound.
Kyle Turris took the original shot from the slot, but the puck bounced directly to Greening, who went high to Brodeur’s stick side, giving the Senators a 2-1 lead with only 17 seconds left in the period. It was Greening’s first goal in eight games, dating back to March 6.
While the Senators held the lead, the Devils had outshot the Senators 20-10 after two periods.
Bishop was blessed with the early lead thanks to a Chris Phillips goal and faced only one shot in the first eight minutes of the game, but the tables turned late in the first period and the second.
Brodeur was little more than a spectator as the Devils worked their way back.
With the Senators on their heels, Loktionov finally tied the game 1-1 with 4:47 remaining in the second. The Devils maintained extended pressure leading up to the goal, capitalizing on some sloppy defensive-zone coverage by the Senators. Earlier in the period, Loktionov rang a shot off the post after Bishop had made a sharp pad save off Henrique.
The Senators jumped on the Devils early.
Only seconds after the line of Guillaume Latendresse, Turris and Alfredsson hemmed the Devils deep in their own zone, forcing an icing call, the Senators took advantage of the tired Devils to open the scoring.
Only 2:12 in, Phillips’ wrist shot through a crowd — Brodeur was screened by Devils defenceman Adam Larsson — found the short side behind the Devils goaltender.
Turris was in position to pad the lead to 2-0, but Brodeur caught a break — two, actually — when his shot on a breakaway hit the post. Turris’s shot deflected off the post, off Brodeur and back off the post again.
Erik Condra also had a breakaway attempt, but shot high and wide.
After the slow start, and an early timeout from coach Peter DeBoer, the Devils worked their way back into the game. Then it became Bishop’s time to shine.
GAME FILE
CHEERS
Ben Bishop, Senators: He bailed out his teammates again and again, stopping 27 shots in regulation, guaranteeing the Senators at least a point by extending the contest to extra time. He then stopped five more in overtime and three of four in the shootout to complete his fantastic night.
JEERS
Martin Brodeur, Devils: Allowed two goals on 14 shots in regulation and allowed two goals on four shots in the shootout.
WHY THEY WON
Bishop. The Senators looked tired, creating little offence after the first period and were guilty of numerous giveaways. Yet, once again, their goaltending made all the difference.
IS THAT TWO POSTS … OR THREE?
Brodeur should have kissed his left goal post after the first period. Nine minutes into the period, Turris beat him clean on a breakaway, but the puck hit the post, bounced off his body and hit the post again. With time running down in the period, Latendresse also rang a shot off the left post.

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