Bishop Sets Lightning Save Record in 5-3 Victory over 'Canes

January 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Keeping his eye on the puck. Lighting goalie Ben Bishop saves aKeeping his eye on the puck. Lighting goalie Ben Bishop saves aKeeping his eye on the puck. Lighting goalie Ben Bishop saves a first period shot by the Hurricanes. Tampa Bay defeated Carolina 5-3 on January 19, 2014. (Inside Hockey-Greg Thompson)

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop set a new franchise record for saves with a 48 for 51 performance in a Tampa Bay victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday afternoon. Carolina was able to manage 17 shots each period and only managed three goals while Tampa Bay netted their first three goals in the first period on a mere 8 shots.

Lightning defenseman Mark Barberio opened the scoring with his first ever NHL goal and blasted in a second late in the middle period. Barberio's goals marked the first time a defenseman has tallied his first two NHL goals in the same game since Slava Voynov of the Kings accomplished it in Dallas on October 27, 2011 (credit: Elias Sports Bureau). Tampa added goals by Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov in the first to take a three goal lead into the first intermission and ran Carolina starting goalie Justin Peters to the bench to be replaced by Anton Khubodin.

The Lightning continued to strike early in the second. Teddy Purcell found himself alone in the crease after Khuodin was spun out of position trying to make a save. The bouncing puck ended up in his lap and he slapped it in to run the score to 4-0.  The Hurricanes, who were shut out by this team the last time Tampa Bay was in Raleigh, were not destined for history to repeat. Hurricane winger Alexander Semin scored his ninth of the season on a power play and a short time later captain Eric Staal cut the deficit in half when he netted his eleventh of the year.

The third period saw consistent pressure by the Hurricanes but it proved no match for Bishop.  The Lightning net-minder has now run his record to 3-0-0 against Carolina this season.


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