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)

Odd bounce leads to another fluky goal against Lightning's Ben Bishop

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) and defenseman Nikita Nesterov (89) look on as Colorado Avalanche center Joe Colborne (8) celebrates his team's goal scored by left wing Andreas Martinsen (27) on a play when Bishop left the net and got a bad bounce off the boards during third period action at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (10/20/16). The Avalanche won with a final score of 4 to 0.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) and defenseman Nikita Nesterov (89) look on as Colorado Avalanche center Joe Colborne (8) celebrates his team's goal scored by left wing Andreas Martinsen (27) on a play when Bishop left the net and got a bad bounce off the boards during third period action at Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (10/20/16). The Avalanche won with a final score of 4 to 0.

TAMPA — The Lightning tried hard to rally early in the third period, outshooting the Avalanche 7-0 in hopes of erasing a two-goal deficit Thursday.

That's when another bad bounce along the boards led to an easy goal against G Ben Bishop and basically ended its chances of another comeback victory.

"That killed it," D Anton Stralman said after a 4-0 loss.

It was nearly eight minutes into the period when F Joe Colborne carried the puck up the boards and fired it into the corner after crossing the blue line. Bishop left the net to handle the puck, but it bounced off the boards and onto the stick of F Andreas Martinsen, who easily scored into the vacated net.

"Bish did everything right there," coach Jon Cooper said.

It was the third fluky goal against Bishop during this season-opening four-game homestand. The first occurred opening night against the Red Wings when a dump-in from center ice hit a stanchion. The puck ricocheted toward Bishop, where it hit the blade of his stick and went in.

The second came Tuesday on a controversial shootout goal by Panthers F Vincent Trocheck.

"It's been a strange first three games," said Bishop, who has allowed 11 goals. "Just stick with it. Eventually it's going to even out. It's a little unfortunate, but it's a long year. You can't let it bother you too much."

KOEKKOEK GETS PLAYING TIME: D Slater Koekkoek was reassigned Wednesday to AHL Syracuse for the purpose of getting playing time after being a healthy scratch in the first three games. "Can't have a young guy sitting up there in the stands waiting for his chance when he has opportunities to play games, so this should never be taken as a demotion because it's not," Cooper said. Syracuse plays Friday at home against Utica and Saturday at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. That keeps Koekkoek close to the Lightning as it begins a six-game trip through the Northeast on Saturday night at Ottawa. D Matt Taormina was recalled from Syracuse. Taormina played in 12 games with the Lightning over the past four seasons.

HAPPY 20th: Thursday marked the 20th anniversary of the first Lightning game played at what is now Amalie Arena, a 5-2 victory against the Rangers on Oct. 20, 1996. Lightning founder Phil Esposito and players from that team — Brian Bradley, Paul Ysebaert and Daren Puppa — participated in the ceremonial puck drop. Bradley scored the first goal in the new building.

Odd bounce leads to another fluky goal against Lightning's Ben Bishop 10/20/16 [Last modified: Thursday, October 20, 2016 11:16pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Is Bucs kicker Nick Folk a significant upgrade over Roberto Aguayo?

    Bucs

    Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter made it clear.

    Bucs kicker Nick Folk is entering his 11th NFL season. He spent three seasons with the Cowboys and seven with the Jets. [LOREN ELLIOTT  |  Times]
  2. Tim Tebow Week: 12 stories from his Tampa Bay tour

    Minors

    Alas, Tim Tebow Week — eight baseball games in eight nights that reunited Tebow with his Tampa Bay friends and admirers — is over. The fun ended Thursday night.

    St. Lucie Mets outfielder Tim Tebow meets fans and signs autographs before the beginning of the Mets at Threshers game at Spectrum Field on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 in Clearwater. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times

  3. Bucs journal: Kicker Nick Folk has up and downs against Jaguars

    Bucs

    JACKSONVILLE — If the Bucs had hoped for a drama-free night in their kicking game, they'll have to wait another week.

    Bucs kicker Nick Folk celebrates one of his two made field goals against the Jaguars, but he also misses a field goal and has an extra point blocked.
  4. Bucs top Jaguars behind strong first half

    Bucs

    JACKSONVILLE

    There is a reason why the air in Tampa Bay is filled with playoff talk. If Thursday night's 12-8 Bucs preseason win over the Jaguars is any indication, it's also going to be filled with footballs thrown by quarterback Jameis Winston.

    Doug Martin gets the Bucs’ only touchdown  on a 2-yard run, squeaking past linebacker Telvin Smith in the first quarter. He has five carries for 30 yards.
  5. Rays journal: Archer has strong outing, with two mistakes

    The Heater

    TORONTO — Two pitches RHP Chris Archer didn't execute are the ones that stood out Thursday as Josh Donaldson hit them out of the park. But the two solo home runs aside, Archer turned in a sterling outing that went atop the pile of good pitching the Rays keep wasting.

    Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) works during the first inning. [Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP]