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Lightning’s Ben Bishop remains hot as Bolts get points again

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Well, look who might be getting warm.

The Tampa Bay Lightning, which has spent most of the season as just another team, beat Winnipeg 4-1 Saturday night to earn at least a point in four consecutive games. The Lightning has three wins and a shootout loss in the games.

The Bolts are now in sixth place in the Atlantic Division with 57 points, five points out of third.

It is the kind of effort that Lightning fans have waited most of the season for. Goalie Ben Bishop was solid with 32 saves in 33 shots, and came within one shot of having his second straight shutout. Bishop is now 14-12-3 on the season, and he’s allowed only three goals in his last three games.

The Lightning had goals from Brayden Point, Brian Boyle, Ondrej Palat and an empty-netter from Victor Hedman. Tampa Bay held a 3-0 lead until Jacob Trouba scored in the third period.

The Bolts are now off until next Saturday night when they play at Dallas.

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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