Stamkos scores twice, Lightning blank Blackhawks

Tampa, FL ( – The Tampa Bay Lightning received two goals
from Steven Stamkos and 25 saves from Ben Bishop to rout the Chicago
Blackhawks by a 4-0 count at Amalie Arena.

Brian Boyle and Ryan Callahan also scored in support of Bishop’s fourth
shutout of the season, while the Blackhawks struggled to produce offensively
in their second game since star forward Patrick Kane fractured his clavicle.

Chicago was able to offset Kane’s absence with an outstanding performance from
Corey Crawford in Thursday’s 3-0 triumph over Florida, but backup Scott
Darling couldn’t match that effort in this one. He finished with 25 saves.

The Blackhawks did make a big move during the game, however, acquiring veteran
defenseman Kimmo Timonen from Philadelphia in exchange for a pair of draft
choices that included a 2015 second-rounder.

Timonen, who turns 40 on March 18, is close to returning from a blood-clot
problem that has sidelined him the entire season.