Apparently all Tampa Bay needed to enjoy success against Detroit was to put the teams in the same division. Heading into this season, the Tampa Bay Lightning had five victories all-time against the Red Wings, and only one at Joe Louis Arena. After Sunday’s 3-0 victory for Tampa Bay, the Lightning improved to 3-0 this season against Detroit, including 2-0 at the Joe, as the two now share the Atlantic Division lead. Ben Bishop finished with 28 saves for his third shutout of the season and sixth of his career. Tyler Johnson and J.T. Brown scored for the Lightning, which snapped an 0-5-2 stretch on the road. Alex Killorn added an empty net goal with 1:15 left. The Lightning have two victories against the Red Wings in four days after two wins against Detroit in the previous 10 years to improve to 8-24-3 all-time against the Red Wings. “I don’t know if you can look at old stats, they can be pretty worthless,’’ said Bishop, who has allowed two or fewer goals in seven of his past eight starts. “We have a new team, a new coach and a bunch of new guys here, so you throw that out the window.” ? We’ve played fairly well against them, I think, and the guys played well in front of me again tonight.’’ ? With weary legs on both sides after both teams played less than 24 hours the previous night, it was the Lightning who came out with some energy and jump, pushing the pace in the first period, though they caught a break when an apparent Gustav Nyquist goal was waved off at 2:02 when official Paul Devorski blew the play dead. ? “I think I had it covered, he poked it free after I had it, but I’m pretty sure I had it covered,’’ Bishop said. ? Richard Panik had the best chance of the first period, sitting on the right wing side as Nikita Kucherov dangled into the zone before sending a pass over to Panik. But Petr Mrazek came up with a save to keep it scoreless at 17:34 of the period. The second period proved to be a parade to the penalty box as teams combined for five penalties in the first half of the period. But not even special teams play was enough to break the scoreless affair as Tampa Bay failed to generate a shot on goal during two abbreviated power-play chances, which included a 22-second 5-on-3. The Lightning were credited with just three shots in the second period, and didn’t have their first until 10:09 of the period, on a third power-play chance of the period.
Bishop, Lightning top Red Wings again
Tampa Tribune | Dec 16