The Tampa Bay Lightning (9-4-0) handed the Carolina Hurricanes (4-6-3) their fourth loss in a row by a final score of 3-0. In winning the Lightning complete their three game road through Miami, New Jersey, and Charlotte with a 2-1-0 record and return home to take on the St. Louis Blues (8-1-2) Saturday evening.
Ben Bishop was stellar in net for the Lightning stopping 31 shots in picking up his first shout of the season and fourth of his career. Early in the game it appeared the Lightning, who only registered 17 shots against New Jersey on Tuesday evening, were going to continue to be pass happy again against the Hurricanes only registering 3 shots in the first period to the Hurricanes five.
Even after the intermission the Lightning offense didn’t seem to get the message and it wasn’t until 6:46 had ticked off the clock that they finally registered their first shot in the second period. They finally broke through a the 9:54 mark when Victor Hedman sent a bank shot that ricochet off goalie Justin Peters and into the back of the net. It was Hedman’s second goal on the season with assist to assist to Nate Thompson (1) and B.J. Crombeen (2). The Lightning out shout the Hurricanes 16-12 in the second period.
The Lightning put the game away at the 17:14 mark of the 3rd period on a beautiful give and go between Alex Killorn and Marty St. Louis. Alex Killorn netted his 3rd goal of the year while St. Louis picked up his 2nd assist of the game and ninth on the season.