Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Ben Bishop, Lightning shut out Devils

Ben Bishop denies Devils wing Ryane Clowe, who has Lightning  center Alex Killorn all over him during the first period. Bishop’s 31 wins this season are one more than Nikolai Khabibulin’s franchise record set in 2002-03.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Ben Bishop denies Devils wing Ryane Clowe, who has Lightning center Alex Killorn all over him during the first period. Bishop’s 31 wins this season are one more than Nikolai Khabibulin’s franchise record set in 2002-03.

TAMPA — There were times during his past few games, Lightning goalie Ben Bishop admitted, that he seemed to lose focus.

Okay, not so much focus, he continued, as "the awareness" of what was going on around him.

Either way, the solution to overcoming a skid in which he was 1-2-2 with a 3.31 goals-against average and .878 save percentage was the same: "to not have," he said, "even a two-second lapse."

Bishop came close Saturday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum with 23 saves in a 3-0 victory over the Devils, his franchise-record 31st win, before 19,204.

"It's a nice accomplishment," said Bishop, who surpassed Nikolai Khabibulin's record of 30 set in 2002-03. "A whole lot of credit to the guys in front of me. I don't get that without them, so it's a team thing."

Tampa Bay (36-24-7), which has won consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 23-25 and seems to be coming out of a prolonged downturn, had much to feel good about.

B.J. Crombeen and Mike Kostka scored in the second period with assists from Valtteri Filppula. Nate Thompson scored in the third, and the Lightning had 32 shots against a team that was allowing a league-low average 25.4.

The defensive structure, disjointed during a 5-8-2 stretch, also was solid.

"We weren't giving up odd-man rushes. We were coming back as a pack," coach Jon Cooper said. "I told the guys the way we played not only wins games in the regular season, it wins games in the playoffs."

But the best news for the Lightning was Bishop's fifth shutout of the season and eighth of his career as he showed the form that for most of the season had him, statistically, in the league's top five.

"That's where you're watching the growth of Ben Bishop," Cooper said. "He wants the next start. He's not shying away from it."

He was at his best in the first period, stopping point-blank shots by Michael Ryder and Dainius Zubrus and a Zubrus rebound try from in front of the net off a save of Andy Greene's slap shot.

"On top of making the saves he's supposed to, he steals a few that maybe he shouldn't," Kostka said. "That gives us all the confidence in the world to play in front of him."

"But one game is not going to change anything," said Bishop, 31-11-6 with a 2.10 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. "You have to come in and do the same thing Monday (against the Canucks)."

"I wasn't happy with myself," he said of his past few games. "I felt like I might have let the guys down a bit."

Against the Devils, he picked them up.

Lightning 0 2 1 3
Devils 0 0 0 0
Lightning 0 2 1 3
Devils 0 0 0 0

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesGudas, TB (delay of game), 5:31; Zubrus, NJ (interference), 12:21; Gudas, TB (diving), 12:21; Ryder, NJ (roughing), 19:52.

Second Period1, Tampa Bay, Crombeen 3 (Kostka, Filppula), 12:26. 2, Tampa Bay, Kostka 4 (Palat, Filppula), 16:58. PenaltiesZubrus, NJ (holding stick), 15:14; Purcell, TB (hooking), 15:14.

Third Period3, Tampa Bay, Thompson 9 (Brown), 16:41. PenaltiesBrown, TB (goaltender interference), 9:12. Missed Penalty ShotBrown, TB, 11:19 second. Shots on GoalNew Jersey 6-9-8—23. Tampa Bay 9-14-9—32. Power-play opportunitiesNew Jersey 0 of 2; Tampa Bay 0 of 1. GoaliesNew Jersey, Brodeur 17-12-4 (32 shots-29 saves). Tampa Bay, Bishop 31-11-6 (23-23). A19,204 (19,204).

Allowing nothing

Most shutouts in a season by a Lightning goalie:

Nikolai Khabibulin7 2001-02

Ben Bishop 5 2013-14

John Grahame 5 2005-06

Daren Puppa 5 1995-96

Ben Bishop, Lightning shut out Devils 03/15/14 [Last modified: Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:20am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Fennelly: Bucs' Roberto Aguayo has his backers, no matter how many kicks he misses

    Bucs

    He was perfect Friday, and not just because he didn't have to kick.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Roberto Aguayo (19) takes a photo with fans following the first day of training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, July 28, 2017.
  2. Rookie Kendell Beckwith pleased with first Bucs practice

    Bucs

    Bucs rookie linebacker Kendell Beckwith is eight months and a week removed from November surgery to repair a torn ACL, so there was a proud sense of accomplishment in getting himself healthy enough to be on the field for the opening practice of training camp Friday.

    Bucs inside linebacker Kendell Beckwith (51) defends tight end Cameron Brate (84) during the first day of training camp. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  3. Criticism part of the game for Bucs' Gerald McCoy, who is chasing 'ghosts'

    Bucs

    Who crossed the line with their criticism of Gerald McCoy?

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy jokes with teammates during the first day of training camp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Friday, July 28, 2017.
  4. 2-year-old girl shows football team how its done

    Sports

    ST. PETERSBURG — Football players may dread summer workouts, but not two-year-old Sophie Rosendale. She loves joining her father, St. Petersburg offensive line coach Mike Rosendale, three times a week for the Green Devils summer conditioning. Not only does she shout encouragement like her dad, she also straps on …

    Sophie Rosendale, 2, front, warms up with offensive lineman during practice at St. Petersburg High School, Wednesday. Rosendale is the daughter of offensive line coach Mike Rosendale. "She has been coming to practice for about one year," said Rosendale who has been a coach at the the school for 10 seasons. "She likes to show the players the proper techniques." [Photo/  Mike Rosendale]