Bishop, Bolts beat Hurricanes once more

Tampa, FL ( – Make if 5-for-5 for Ben Bishop against the

Bishop stopped 25 shots and the Lightning got goals from Nikita Kucherov and
Alex Killorn in a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

Bishop has five wins in as many career starts against Carolina. He took a
shutout into the third period until Andrej Sekera lit the lamp on a wrister
from just inside the blue line with 5:56 remaining.

Cam Ward made 36 saves for the Hurricanes, who lost for the third time in four
contests. They lost at Tampa Bay by the same score Dec. 11.

The Lightning grabbed the lead 8:50 into the contest. Ondrej Palat stole the
puck in the left corner and fed it to Kucherov for a shot from the inside edge
of the left circle. The puck fluttered into the top right portion of the net.

Killorn’s eighth of the season came 4:53 into the third on a shot from the

Bishop smothered a shot from Victor Rask with 55.1 seconds remaining.

The Hurricanes, with their goaltender pulled, put pressure on Bishop. Tampa
Bay was called for icing with 15.7 seconds left. Another icing call gave
Carolina an offensive zone faceoff with 3.3 seconds to go, but the visitors
couldn’t get off a shot on net.

Game Notes

Kucherov, who has 15 goals on the season, tallied both goals in Tampa Bay’s
Dec. 11 win … Over his past eight games, he has posted six goals and five
assists … Tampa Bay has won back-to-back games for the first time since
capturing four straight from Nov. 22-Dec. 1 … The Lightning have won nine
of the last 10 meetings.