The Bish is Back

By on January 12, 2017

Tampa, Fla. —  Ben Bishop was back tonight as the net minder for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and a warm welcome by the fans he received.

The Bolts started the evening looking for their first victory of 2017. As the Rocket would say, “Ceremony game?… almost always results in a loss.” The game started with a ceremonial puck drop by #26 Martin St. Louis, former captain of the Lightning.

Buffalo quickly opened up the scoring at 2:58 in the first, with a defensive turnover by #55 Brayden Coburn of the Lightning and the Sabres look to ruin the Bishop welcome back party.

The Lightning then answered back with a power play goal by Ondrej Palat at 5:37. Buffalo had committed two minor penalties almost back to back, and put the Bolts on a 5 on 3 man advantage. Anders Nilsson was in the crease for Buffalo.

At the end of the first period the score was tied 1-1.

The Lightning jumped ahead in the second period as Ondrej Palat easily notched his second goal of the game. Palat nailed a rebound off a wrist shot by Lightning defenseman Nesterov. It was Palat’s ninth goal of the season.

This was by far the best offensive game the Bolts have played in a while. They were doing a great job of cycling the puck around, gaining and keeping possession. It paid off at 12:38 in the second as Nikita Kucherov wristed one by a waiting Nilsson, as Hedman and Palat were on the assist. Ondrej Palat was on fire, it was his third point of the game.

The Bolts were playing like a playoff team. The second period ended with the Bolts ahead 3-1, and an exciting square off between Victor Hedman and Marcus Foligno. If I were a judge I would say Hedman got the upper hand. The both received fighting majors at 20:00 in the second.

The Lightning continued with their fiery play in the third period, they had to kill off a penalty at just 0:44. Nikita Kucherov was called for slashing. The fans were alive in the “Oil Can.” Apparently Ben Bishop was giving this team some life.

The Sabres were not going to give up easily. In a momentum turn of events, Jack Eichel of the Sabres tossed the puck across the ice in front of Bishop, which knocked his stick out of his hand, and a preying Evander Kane was right there to put it home past Bishop. The score was 3-2 Bolts. As the momentum shifted, the Sabres were quickly once again at Bishops doorstep, as he threw the net off and received a two minute minor for delay of game.

The Lightning killed off that penalty, and quickly Ondrej Palat was off to the races with what looked like his third goal, only to be stoned by Nilsson.  You could feel the tension in the building as a huge scrum brokeout in front of the Sabres bench.  There were several players involved, Paquette and Foligno received matching fighting majors and left the ice.  Gionta received a roughing penalty and put the Bolts on a power play.  The Bolts would continue their power play to the end of the game due to a high sticking penalty to Evander Kane, and a ten minute misconduct.

The Bolts score their fourth goal of the game with just eighteen seconds left, Anton Stralman got his second goal of the season.  The Bolts win 4-2.

The Tampa Bay Lightning came into tonight in 12th place in the Eastern Conference and 6th in the Atlantic Division.  They will need to continue winning play to make it to the playoffs.  They are still a 500 team, and tomorrow it’s back to back as the Lightning host the NHL’s top team the Columbus Blue Jackets at 7:30pm. The true ceremony game as Martin St. Louis’ #26 will be hung in the rafters.

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Player Summary

Buffalo Sabres

Time On Ice Faceoffs
Player G A +/- SOG MS BS PN PIM HT TK GV SHF TOT PP SH EV FW FL %
J. Bailey RW 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 11 8:02 0:00 0:00 8:02 0 0 00.0
Z. Bogosian D 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 26 19:44 0:00 3:01 16:43 0 0 00.0
W. Carrier LW 0 0 -1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 13 7:45 0:00 0:18 7:27 0 0 00.0
N. Deslauriers LW 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 7 5:48 0:00 0:00 5:48 0 0 00.0
J. Eichel C 0 1 0 3 0 2 0 0 1 1 2 23 21:59 5:50 1:36 14:33 5 6 45.5
J. Falk D 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 19 13:26 0:00 0:00 13:26 0 0 00.0
T. Fedun D 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 13:15 2:20 0:09 10:46 0 0 00.0
M. Foligno LW 0 0 -1 0 1 1 2 10 9 0 1 19 14:00 0:00 0:50 13:10 0 0 00.0
C. Franson D 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 27 19:53 2:10 3:01 14:42 0 0 00.0
B. Gionta RW 0 0 -1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 1 19 15:22 2:36 1:32 11:14 0 2 00.0
Z. Girgensons C 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 20 14:47 0:16 2:04 12:27 5 6 45.5
E. Kane LW 1 0 1 7 0 2 4 16 1 0 2 24 19:07 2:36 1:31 15:00 0 1 00.0
J. McCabe D 0 0 -2 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 24 20:32 0:00 4:25 16:07 0 0 00.0
M. Moulson LW 1 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 13 9:24 2:20 0:00 7:04 0 0 00.0
R. O’Reilly C 0 0 -1 3 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 26 22:24 5:24 4:13 12:47 15 10 60.0
K. Okposo RW 0 0 -1 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 24 20:40 5:24 1:56 13:20 0 2 00.0
S. Reinhart C 0 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 20 19:13 5:24 1:00 12:49 1 1 50.0
R. Ristolainen D 0 0 -2 2 1 5 0 0 1 0 0 26 27:20 5:40 4:34 17:06 0 0 00.0

Buffalo Sabres Scratches

Player Detail
J. Gorges Hip
R. Lehner Illness

Tampa Bay Lightning

Time On Ice Faceoffs
Player G A +/- SOG MS BS PN PIM HT TK GV SHF TOT PP SH EV FW FL %
M. Bournival LW 0 0 -1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 15 8:46 0:18 0:00 8:28 0 0 00.0
B. Boyle C 0 1 -1 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 16 12:58 3:19 0:00 9:39 2 0 100.0
B. Coburn D 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 22 16:00 0:00 0:46 15:14 0 0 00.0
J. Drouin LW 0 1 -1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 17 14:44 3:15 0:00 11:29 0 0 00.0
G. Dumont C 0 0 -1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 15 10:06 0:18 0:00 9:48 3 1 75.0
V. Filppula C 0 1 -1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 20 17:25 3:19 2:37 11:29 6 4 60.0
J. Garrison D 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 24 22:01 0:18 4:04 17:39 0 0 00.0
V. Hedman D 0 1 0 1 0 2 1 5 0 0 1 25 18:58 4:13 3:10 11:35 0 0 00.0
T. Johnson C 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 22 17:54 3:58 4:15 9:41 9 9 50.0
A. Killorn C 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 2 0 0 25 20:22 3:32 3:45 13:05 0 0 00.0
N. Kucherov RW 1 0 2 4 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 23 18:21 4:27 0:00 13:54 0 0 00.0
V. Namestnikov C 0 1 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 17:01 3:33 0:00 13:28 4 8 33.3
N. Nesterov D 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 14:38 0:00 0:00 14:38 0 0 00.0
O. Palat LW 2 1 2 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 1 26 19:39 3:51 3:09 12:39 0 0 00.0
C. Paquette C 0 0 -1 1 0 0 1 5 3 1 0 18 12:10 0:00 2:14 9:56 4 3 57.1
M. Peca C 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 9:57 0:18 0:00 9:39 0 1 00.0
A. Stralman D 1 0 1 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 28 21:45 2:58 3:56 14:51 0 0 00.0
A. Sustr D 0 0 -2 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 23 19:15 0:18 4:04 14:53 0 0 00.0

Tampa Bay Lightning Scratches

Player Detail
R. Callahan Lower Body Injury
L. Witkowski Scratched

Goaltending Summary

Buffalo Sabres Goaltending

Player SA GA Saves SV% TOI PIM
A. Nilsson 28 3 25 .893 59:19 0

Tampa Bay Lightning Goaltending

Player SA GA Saves SV% TOI PIM
B. Bishop 26 2 24 .923 60:00 4

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