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Lightning closes out road trip with big win over Colorado

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For a night, they were terrific again.

For a night, they skated crisply, and they shot relentlessly, and they smothered the opposition. For a night, the Tampa Bay Lightning looked like a contender again.

Tampa Bay won a rare lopsided game (this year) as they stopped the Colorado Avalanche, 4-0, to complete a 3-1 road trip. For the moment, the Lightning is in seventh place. They are one point behind Montreal in the Atlantic Division and three behind Detroit.

“As this road trip has gone on, we’ve gotten better and better,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper.

Captain Steven Stamkos scored twice, his 19th and 20th goals of the year. It meant that Stamkos has now scored at least 20 goals in eight seasons. Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson also had goals.

Goaltender Ben Bishop had his second shutout of the season and the 14th of his career. He stopped 21 shots.

Tampa Bay is now five games over .500 at 22-17-4. The Lightning returns home to play the Penguins on Friday night.

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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