Sunday, March 9, 2014
The Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. — Ben Bishop earned a shutout in his debut with Tampa Bay and the Lightning routed the reeling Carolina Hurricanes 5-0 on Thursday night.
Bishop, acquired a day earlier from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for promising rookie forward Cory Conacher, stopped a career-high 45 shots.
Teddy Purcell, Tom Pyatt and Keith Aulie scored during the Lightning's three-goal second period.
Martin St. Louis had a goal and two assists, NHL points leader Steven Stamkos had two assists, and Benoit Pouliot added a goal and an assist to help Tampa Bay earn points for the fourth straight game.
The Lightning moved into a tie with Carolina for third in the mediocre Southeast Division.
Dan Ellis stopped 25 shots for the reeling Hurricanes. Since they led Washington 2-0 on March 14 -- a game they went on to lose 3-2 -- they have been outscored 42-15 while dropping 10 of 11 games.
Bishop became the latest goalie to beat them. He earned his third career shutout and second of the season while improving to 5-1 in his last six games.
Bishop's imposing 6-foot-7 frame between the pipes proved impossible to beat for a Carolina team that has lost 11 of 15 games against the Southeast and was blanked for the third time and first since Feb. 26 at Washington.
The Lightning, who improved to 4-0 against the Hurricanes this season with all three victories coming by at least three goals, welcomed back captain Vincent Lecavalier, who missed nine games with an unspecified lower body injury.
FLYERS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 3: Former Maple Leafs enforcer Jay Rosehill scored the winning goal, and Ilya Bryzgalov made 25 saves for visiting Philadelphia, which won its fourth straight in its late run for a possible playoff spot.
CANADIENS 4, JETS 1: Michael Ryder scored two goals and set up another, and host Montreal handed Winnipeg its fifth straight loss.
The Jets fell out of first place in the Southwest Division to 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Washington and Winnipeg both have 38 points, but the Capitals own the top spot in the division on a tiebreaker.
CAPITALS 2, ISLANDERS 1: Mike Green scored his fifth goal in four games, Braden Holtby made 35 saves and then was perfect in the shootout, and host Washington's long, slow comeback toward a playoff spot took another big step with a shootout win.
BLUE JACKETS 3, PREDATORS 1: Marian Gaborik, newly acquired from the Rangers, scored the go-ahead goal at 4:16 of the third period and added an assist in his debut with Columbus, which beat host Nashville.
Kevin Klein scored a goal for Nashville, which slipped one point behind Columbus and into 11th place in the West.
BLUES 4, BLACKHAWKS 3: Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout and St. Louis came back for a win over Chicago.
With the tiebreaker knotted at 3-3, Shattenkirk beat Corey Crawford to the left side.