The Tampa Bay Lightning needed a jump start to get going on Friday and Steven Stamkos provided the boost. Stamkos picked up his 10th goal of the season among his season-high nine shots on goal as Tampa picked up a 3-0 win against Carolina in front of an announced crowd of 14,828 at PNC Arena. Victor Hedman and Alex Killorn also scored for the Lightning, which improved to 9-4 on the season. Ben Bishop stopped 31 shots for his fourth career shutout and second against Carolina. Bishop has stopped 76 consecutive shots against Carolina at PNC Arena including his Lightning debut with a 45-save shutout last season. Justin Peters, the No. 3 goaltender for the Hurricanes, made several big saves among his 30 saves to give Carolina a chance. The first period looked quite familiar as Tampa Bay struggled to keep control of the puck, fumbled it off its sticks and failed to generate the zone time needed to create offensive chances or shots on goal. The Lightning’s first shot came 7:12 into the first period, but Tampa Bay did not get their second shot until there was 2:09 left in the period, a span of 10:39 between shots. By the time the scoreless period ended, the Lightning had just three shots on goal, marking the third time in the span of four periods in which Tampa Bay failed to register more than four shots on goal in a period. The second period didn’t start much better as the first Lightning shot didn’t come until the 6:16 mark of the period, although the second shot came courtesy of a Stamkos breakaway, which was stopped by Peters at 7:18. Then in a bit of irony the Lightning took the lead on what wasn’t even a shot on goal when Hedman banked a shot from the left point off the end boards that caromed back toward the crease and off the post. Peters couldn’t locate the puck as it then hit his stick and left pad and ended up in the net at 9:54. Only after the shot went in the net did it become an official shot on goal. That proved to be a bit of a catalyst offensively and was fueled by a power play chance when Eric Staal was called for tripping at 10:00. Tampa Bay ended up with the puck in the Carolina zone for nearly the full two minutes, and though the Lightning failed to increase their lead they generated six shots on goal and built up some momentum.
Stamkos, Bishop lead Bolts past Carolina
Tampa Tribune | Nov 2