The Tampa Bay Lightning really weren't having a good night against the Blackhawks Saturday. Already trailing 1-0 and only having managed three shots on goal to that point in the entire game, Lightning goalie Ben Bishop was the victim of a terribly unlucky bounce.
As Bishop went to play the puck behind the net off of a Nick Leddy dump-in, it took a bad hop off a stanchion and headed for the net-front. Right there was Brandon Saad, who merely had a tap in. A diving Bishop couldn't get there in time as the puck trickled across the goal line for a Chicago 2-0 lead. From the bounce off the wall to the fact it basically went right to Saad, that's just some disastrous puck luck.
Perhaps adding a little insult to injury, Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, who had barely seen the puck all night, was credited with an assist on the goal.
Sometimes, it's just not your night and for Bishop and the Lightning, it probably couldn't have been worse at that point. However, the tide really turned in the third period for both Bishop and his teammates.
Martin St. Louis and Teddy Purcell each scored to tie the game with less than 10:00 to go in regulation and Tampa Bay ended up winning in a shootout, with Bishop stopping Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa to seal it.
The big netminder actually made 37 saves in the contest to keep the Lightning in it when the offense was completely flat. The blooper-reel goals are a lot easier to stomach when you win.