Originally Posted by pete
Playoff hockey is a different beast for a goaltender, and Ben has 1 game of pro playoff experience in his entire career. Coming out of the NCAA ranks he never has played a 7 game playoff format before pro hockey either.
I mentioned Roman Turek because you'll recall everyone was positive Turek was a sure thing and in fact the Lightning came within an eyelash of acquiring Turek before they got Cloutier and Weekes. Turek dissolved under the pressure of the playoffs and was out of the NHL within 5 years after St. Louis acquired him from Dallas. You can't count your chickens with these guys. You have to test them out in the playoffs and see if they can win you a round or two without incident.
Yup. And none of this is the least bit inconsistent with optimism about Bishop's ability to perform in playoffs when and IF the time comes. (Obviously the Bolts still have to make it there first.) As to the playoffs being a different beast for goalies, I'd go a step beyond agreeing with that obvious truth and say they're are a different beast for every
player--most especially goalies, who face the intensely focused pressure of playoff pitchers and QBs.
What may be less obvious is that optimism about Bishop holding up under playoff pressure is a different beast from overconfidence, coronation, sure things and chicken counting. It's definitely wise to reserve judgment on anything
related to Lightning and playoffs--even Stamkos isn't a sure thing in playoffs. Still, (staying with the 'obvious' theme) every goalie who ever did succeed in the postseason was an unknown quantity in his first series; in that regard testing Bishop out with a round or two will happen automatically...if the Bolts make the show