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Lightning breaks slump as Ben Bishop shuts out Arizona

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They weren’t dazzling. They weren’t dangerous.

For most of the night, however, the Tampa Bay Lightning finally was desperate enough.

The Lightning, losers of five of their previous six games, stopped the Arizona  Coyotes 2-0 Saturday night.

Goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 31 shots for his fifth shutout of the season and a franchise-record 15th of his career. The Lightning killed off back-to-back power plays in the second period.

Ondrej Palat scored in the final minute of the first period, and Nikita Kucherov added an empty-netter with 47.6 seconds to play. For Palat, it was his 13th goal of the year. For Kucherov, it was No. 27.

The Lightning returns home to start a six-game homestand Tuesday night against 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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