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Goaltender Ben Bishop returns as Lightning beat Buffalo, 4-2

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Well, hello there, Ben Bishop. And welcome back. Bishop, who has been out since Dec. 20 with a lower body injury, finally returned to the lineup after missing the last nine games and two periods for the Tampa Bay Lightning. And Bishop played well, improving his record to 10-10-2 in a 4-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. The win broke a four-game losing streak for the Bolts. Buffalo narrowed the lead to one goal in the third period, but the…

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Lightning finally wins a game, beating Calgary on the road

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Finally, victory. The Tampa Bay Lightning ended its losing streak, a slump that had seen the team lose seven of eight games. The Bolts scored two goals in each period to beat the Calgary Flames, 6-3. The Lightning gave up an early goal, but then scored two in each period. Brian Boyle scored two in the first period and Alex Killorn scored two in the third. In between, Braydon Coburn and Andrej Sustr scored goals. Goaltender Ben Bishop faced only…

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Lightning tries to snap its slump against Calgary Flames

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One more time, the Tampa Bay Lightning will try to stop its fall. One more time, it tries to get back to being a contender. The Lightning, who have lost eight of their last nine games and have fallen out of the playoff race, tries to stop their dropoff tonight in Calgary. The Bolts have not had good play from their goaltenders or the defenders in front of them. Starting goaltender Ben Bishop is only 8-10-1, and the Bolts have…

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Lightning clobbered again, this time by Vancouver, as skid continues

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It wasn’t just that the Tampa Bay Lightning were beaten Thursday night. They were clobbered. Again. The Lightning took it on the chin, 5-1, against the Vancouver Canucks, marking their sixth loss in seven games (and seventh in nine games). During their seven-game skid, the Bucs have given up five goals in four different games. “First of all, I don’t even remember losing games by four goals, ever,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “Maybe one a year. We’re losing them…

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Tampa Bay Lightning loses game in overtime to Hurricanes

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On Saturday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning ended a losing streak. On Sunday, they might have  started another one. The Lightning lost an overtime game, 1-0, to the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday afternoon. It was the team’s fifth loss in their last six games. Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 29 of 30 shots. However, his record fell to 8-9-1 on the season. Phil Di Giuseppe scored his first goal of the season only 86 seconds into overtime. “Guys are battling,…

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Lightning finally snaps losing streak, beats Washington in shootout

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The Tampa Bay Lightning, finally, are winners again. After a four-game losing streak, the Bolts returned to the winner’s circle with a 2-1, shootout victory over the Washington Caps. Goaltender Ben Bishop stopped 34 of 35 shots. The Lightning got a regulation goal from Nikita Kucherov, and both Brayden Point and Brian Boyle scored in the shootout. The five minute four-on-four period ended scoreless. The Bolts had struggled with their goaltenders during their four-game losing streak, giving up 19 goals…

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Tampa Bay Lightning’s losing streak continues against St. Louis

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The Tampa Bay Lightning appears to be moving in the wrong direction. The Lightning lost their fourth straight game Thursday night, 5-4  to St. Louis, despite a late comeback. In their last four games, the Bolts have given up 19 goals in their toughest skid of the season. In their latest defeat, the Lightning fell behind 4-1 (three of the goals coming on power plays), before comebacks narrowed the margin to one goal twice. Ben Bishop stopped nine of 10…

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