Sunday, January 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop blames himself for loss

TAMPA — G Ben Bishop stood against a dressing room wall Friday night and placed the blame for the Lightning's 5-3 loss to the Blue Jackets where he felt it belonged: on himself.

Bishop stopped 33 shots but allowed five goals, his second-highest total of the season since allowing six in a loss at the Rangers on Oct. 30.

"We did a good job of coming back," Bishop said. "We battled our way back to a tie it in the third. I got to come up with a big save there. I think I let the guys down."

F Ondrej Palat's goal 3:37 into the third tied the score at 3 as the Lightning erased 2-0 and 3-1 deficits. But the Blue Jackets took the lead less than a minute later when F Alexander Wennberg stole the puck in the offensive zone and scored what ended up the winner.

"It just surprised me," Bishop said of the shot. "You got to come up with a big save there."

It was the second time the Jackets answered a Lightning goal with a quick score. F Josh Anderson scored to give the Jackets a 3-1 lead in the second 29 seconds after F Nikita Kucherov scored for the Lightning.

"It's always a big shift right after you score a goal," Bishop said. "You got to take pride in the (moments) right after you either get scored against or score, and we didn't do a good job of that."

TOUGH TO HEAL: F Brian Boyle, who returned to the lineup after missing two of the previous three games with an upper-body injury, blamed some of the injuries around the league on the compressed schedule caused by the World Cup in September.

"Certain injuries, 100 percent," Boyle said.

Tampa Bay is in the middle of a run in which it is playing 14 games in 25 days with no more than one day off between games.

D Anton Stralman (upper body) and F J.T. Brown (upper body) did not play and were listed as day-to-day. Stralman missed his seventh straight game. Brown missed his second; coach Jon Cooper indicated he should return Sunday in Boston.

carle retires: Former Lightning D Matt Carle, 32, bought out of his contract in the offseason, was released by the Predators and announced his retirement after 12-plus seasons. Carle's retirement provides no salary cap relief to the Lightning. His annual cap hit will still be $1.83 million through 2019-2020, per terms of his buyout, which covered the last two years of his Lightning contract. He signed a one-year deal with Nashville before the season.

NUTS AND BOLTS: D Luke Witkowski got his first NHL point when he assisted on D Jason Garrison's second-period goal. … The Lightning practices at 11:30 a.m. today at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon. It is open to the public. … F Tyler Johnson and Palat on Thursday continued their tradition of hosting teammates on Thanksgiving that dates to their AHL days. Johnson said they plan to give the leftovers to the area's homeless.

Times staff writer Joe Smith contributed to this report.

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