WINNIPEG – Ben Bishop stepped up when the Tampa Bay Lightning needed him most.
Although they were outshot 42-27, Bishop kept the Lightning in the game as Tampa Bay downed the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 on Friday.
“He was the factor in the first two periods for sure,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “You need that last line of defence and if you’re going to win some games and you want to put yourself in a position to be in the playoffs, you need goaltending.”
Bishop gave was modest, giving credit to his team’s defensive play.
“We went out and got some key acquisitions in the summer,” said Bishop. “Everybody that plays, plays well and it was no different tonight.”
The Lightning were without one of their top defencemen. Victor Hedman is out four to six weeks with a fractured finger and the team lost forwards Ryan Callahan and Alex Killorn on this road trip as well.
Right winger J.T. Brown left Friday night’s game in the first period.
“It’s part of the game,” Bishop said of the rash of injuries. “It happens to every team. Right now it’s happening to us a little more.”
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