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Lightning streaks to fifth straight victory over tired Devils

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The New Jersey Devils were tired. So the Tampa Bay Lightning, as giving as possible, turned out the lights.

The Devils, playing their second game in as many nights, could hardly compete with the fresh Lightning Friday night. Tampa Bay won 4-0, winning its fifth straight game.

The Lightning has 64 points, tied with Boston for second place in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning visit the Bruins on Sunday night.

In this one, goaltender Ben Bishop stopped all 21 shots for his 15th shutout.

Steven Stamkos scored for the fifth straight game. Alex Killorn, Ondrej Palat and Matt Carle also scored for the Bolts. For Stamkos, it was his 27th goal of the year.

“He’s got 300 plus goals for a reason.” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said of Stamkos. “He’s gone through spurts where he hasn’t scored in eight of 10, and then he’ll with 12 in 10 games. He’s playing the right way. He’s playing hard.”

The Lightning’s Victor Hedman left the game with an injury, but Cooper said he wasn’t overly concerned.

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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