Toronto had more energy. But Tampa Bay had Ben Bishop.
Toronto had more shots, more life, more energy. But Tampa Bay had Bishop.
Toronto had more scoring chances. But Tampa Bay had Bishop.
And so it went. For every advantage the Maple Leafs had Monday night, the Bolts had Bishop, who played perhaps his best game of the year. Bishop had his sixth shutout of the year, a 34-save effort, and the Lightning won 3-0. It was arguably one of Bishop’s finest games of the season.
For the Lightning, Mike Blunden, Ondrej Palat and Victor Hedman scored for the Lightning. The Leafs went 0-for-7 on the power play.
“There are team shoutouts, and there are goalie shutouts,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “Which one do you think that one was?”
Said Bishop: “We got a couple of good breaks, too. I’m just glad we got the two points.”
The Lightning is home Thursday against Montreal.