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Ben Bishop shines as Lighting stays hot with a 3-1 win over Wings

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The all-star break wasn’t long enough to cool off the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning won its ninth game of its last 10, beating the Detroit Red Wings 3-1.

Tampa Bay is in second place in the Atlantic Division, five points behind Florida. Tampa Bay got two power play goals in the victory.

The Lightning got only four shots in the first and four in the third, but they made them count. J.T. Brown scored the game’s first goal. After Detroit tied it on a goal by Gustav Nyquist, Tyler Johnson scored his sixth goal of the year. Nikita Kucherov scored his 21st in the third period for the Lightning’s final goal.

“I felt good all day today,” Johnson said. “I thought it was one of my better games. My body physically feels good after that break, so I just have to keep building off that and get the confidence.”

Ben Bishop won his 100th game as a Lightning player, stopping 24 of 25 shots. Petr Mrazek stopped 20 shots for Detroit.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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