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Bishop Comes Up Large With A Diving Paddle Save

Bishop Comes Up Large With A Diving Paddle Save

Diving saves with the paddle of the goal stick are apparently the “in” thing this season in the NHL, because we witnessed another spectacular one on Thursday night.

Matt Duchene, who was previously a victim of a diving paddle save by Cam Ward earlier this month, led the Avalanche down on a three-on-one within the first twenty seconds of their game in Tampa Bay. After executing a give-and-go with Erik Johnson, the trailer, he went to the side of the net to receive the pass. What happened next is what dreams are made of.


Bishop, possibly expecting a shot from Johnson, got a late push across to his blocker side. Reaching in desperation with his stick, he somehow managed to get his paddle on the shot.

From a team perspective, that is a terrible way to begin a hockey game, but Bishop had to be feeling pretty good about himself. Even though he made this incredible save, the Lightning would end up losing the game by a score of 2-1.

Matt Duchene must have some kind of curse, to be robbed by extremely similar plays like this in the span of just over a week. The 24-year-old Avs forward is off to a dreadful start to the year, with only one goal and one assist in nine games so far this season – although he could easily have three goals.

Frederik Andersen is the other goaltender that has executed a desperation paddle save this season, with his coming last Saturday night.

To watch the full video of Bishop’s awesome save, click the video below.

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer for InGoal Magazine, broadcaster for Sportsnet 650, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario with the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks on the radio and work with the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade.