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Stars teammates dismiss Bishop’s rough night: ‘He’s our best player’

The Dallas Stars have Ben Bishop’s back.

After the goalie had an uncharacteristic rough night in Monday’s Game 3 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators, his coach and teammates didn’t waver in their support.

“He’s our best player,” Stars center Mats Zuccarello said. “He’s going to be the difference for us if we’re going to win the series. [Expletive] happens. He bailed us out so many times it’s time for us to go out tomorrow and help him out. We don’t worry about that.”

Stars coach Jim Montgomery said Bishop will be back in the net for Game 4 at 7 p.m. Wednesday at American Airlines Center. Dallas will try to even the series 2-2 before it heads back to Nashville for Game 5 on Saturday.

How will Bishop respond to his sub-par performance on Wednesday?

“This might be the first time all year, that’ s how good he’s been,” Montgomery said. “Ben Bishop I don’t worry about. If we have to worry about our goal tending we’re in a real good situation.”

Jamie Benn said the Stars have already moved on to Game 4.

“We have the most confidence in Bish,” he said. “We obviously wouldn’t be here without him. He’s been one of the best goalies in the league, especially down the stretch. I’m sure he’d want some of those shots back but there’s nothing we can do it about it now.”

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