Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop ran through quite the spectrum of emotions the past seven days. Heading into the seventh day, he admitted those emotions were at a peak as he prepared to face off against his former team, less than a week after being traded to Tampa Bay from Ottawa. “I didn't know what to expect, facing a former team for the first time in my career. … I haven't felt like that before a game in a long time. It was kind of a weird feeling,'' Bishop said. “I was super excited, a little nervous and I really wanted to win this game and tonight was special because I was with those guys a week ago and now playing against them.'' Bishop was able to settle down and settle into the game quickly before finishing with 31 saves to lead the Lightning to a 3-2 victory against Ottawa in front of an announced crowd of 17,323 at The Forum. Tampa Bay improved to 5-0-1 in its past six home games but remained eight points out of a playoff spot with nine games remaining. Steven Stamkos scored a power-play goal with 5:04 left for his 26th of the season to stay in a tie with Alex Ovechkin for the league lead. Vinny Lecavalier had a goal and an assist as Tampa Bay scored two power-play goals for the first time since March 2. Marty St. Louis registered a pair of assists for points 900 and 901 in his career, while Pierre-Cedric Labrie registered his first career goal.
Lightning's Bishop has night to remember against former team
Tampa Tribune | Apr 10