Two days after being left off the USA Olympic roster, goaltender Ben Bishop had the perfect answer — shut out the team run by one of USA Hockey's executive members. With Calgary acting general manager Brian Burke watching from above the Saddledome ice surface, Bishop led the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 2-0 victory against Calgary, pitching his league-leading fourth shutout of the season (tied with Boston's Tuukka Rask) and earning his 22nd victory, which is tied for second overall. Bishop has allowed two or fewer goals in eight consecutive starts and 26 of his 31 starts this season. Ondrej Palat had a goal and an assist, while Nikita Kucherov scored for the second consecutive game as the Lightning (25-12-4) have won a season-best five consecutive road games, the longest road winning streak since they won six straight from Jan. 8 to Feb. 7, 2008. Tampa Bay improved to 7-1-1 in the past nine and has points in 12 of the past 14 games Former Tampa Bay net-minder Karri Ramo kept the Flames in the game, making 27 saves as Calgary was shut out for the third time in four games. Bishop, who said he is not using the Olympic omission as motivation, did have a bright smile on his face when asked about the shutout with Burke watching.
Bishop, Lightning put out Flames
Tampa Tribune | Jan 4