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Lightning starts slowly again, overcomes New Jersey Devils

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Every time, the Tampa Bay Lightning give the New Jersey Devils a head start.

For the second time in three meetings, however, the Bolts came back.

Saturday night, Tampa Bay fell behind 1-0 (the smallest lead the Devils have had), but came back to win 4-1.

The Lightning had goals from Brian Boyle, Victor Hedman, Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov.

Goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 37 of 38 for his fifth win of the year.

“It’s an issue,no question” coach Jon Cooper said. “We’ve got to find a way to make sure our starts are better. If Bish wasn’t being Bish, we’d have been in trouble.”

Tampa Bay is now 7-4-1 on the season.

The Lightning is at Florida on Monday 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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