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Goaltender Ben Bishop spectacular in victory over Toronto

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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.



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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