Ben Bishop, Paul Stastny commit to USA for worlds

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Kevin Allen

EDT April 23, 2013 Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop will play for the USA at the World Championships.. (Photo: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports) Story Highlights Ben Bishop, Justin Faulk and Paul Stastny say they’ll play Matt Carle, Nate Thompson, Chris Butler, Nick Bjugstad also could join The USA has won two medals in the past 50 years Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop is first in line to be the USA’s No.. 1 goalie at the May 3-19 World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland.. Bishop, Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk and Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny have committed to play for the Americans.. Players who seem likely to sign on include Tampa Bay defenseman Matt Carle and forward Nate Thompson and Calgary Flames defenseman Chris Butler, plus Florida Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad.. The Americans have won two medals at the World Championships over the past 50 years – bronzes in 1996 and 2004.. The U.S.. team, led by Avalanche coach Joe Sacco, will open the tournament against Austria on May 4.. About the Author Kevin Allen Kevin Allen has been USA TODAY’s hockey writer since 1986, and has spoken hockey fluently since he was a young man growing up in Wayne, Mich.. He has covered roughly 570 NHL playoff games, 25 Stanley Cup finals.. and seven Olympic tournaments. source:

Maple Leafs-Lightning Preview

The Lightning have lost six straight after falling 3-2 to lowly Carolina on Sunday, when they fell behind by three goals in the first period before Steven Stamkos and Martin St.. Louis scored.. Tampa has given up the first goal in each of its last seven.. “We’ve got to figure it out for the upcoming three games,” defenseman Victor Hedman said.. “We always battle back hard from being down in games, but we would rather be up a few goals in the first instead of behind.” Cooper, 4-6-3 since taking over for the fired Guy Boucher on March 26, isn’t sugarcoating the team’s situation but made clear the Lightning still have plenty to play for.. “Is it human nature to look and see our last game is Saturday?. Yeah,” Cooper said.. “It’s probably a little deflating for some of these guys to know we’re out of it, but for me it’s pride.. I want to see who’s got that fire in the belly.. Guys are playing for jobs next year. source:–nhl.html

Lightning goalies coach Jean on hot seat

But when it comes to Lightning goaltenders coach Frantz Jean, the spotlight is about to shine brighter, the scrutiny turn a little sharper.. Related News/Archive Garon knows Lightning tenure ending 1 Week Ago Tampa Bay has hitched its goaltending wagon for next season to Ben Bishop, 26, and Anders Lindback, 24, who between them have played just 103 NHL games.. Jean is now their guide.. Given the Lightning, except for January-May 2011 with Dwayne Roloson, has not had a reliable net presence since Nikolai Khabibulin during the 2004 Stanley Cup run — and Tampa Bay’s goaltending in three seasons under Jean has not been better than 21st in the league — that is pressure.. General manager Steve Yzerman preferred to call it “an exciting opportunity for Frantz” but added, “Fair or unfair, over time he will be judged on the success of our goaltenders.” “For a coach, it’s exciting,” said Jean, 42, whose contract is expiring and who is expected to get a new deal.. “Any time you get young players, they are eager to learn.. The work ethic is high.. That makes it real interesting for a goalie coach to come in to work every day.” ••• For Jean, the chance to mentor Bishop and Lindback is like starting with a clean slate.. Tampa Bay’s goaltending has been a revolving door, with Bishop, Lindback, Roloson, Mike Smith, Dan Ellis, Dustin Tokarksi, Sebastien Caron, Mathieu Garon and Cedrick Desjardins all getting starts during Jean’s time.. Add a generally shaky defense and the results have not been good. source:


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