For the Tampa Bay Lightning, losing starting goalie Ben Bishop for any longer period of time could have meant serious trouble. However, on Tuesday night he made his return and once again proved why he is arguably the top goaltender in the league. Stopping 33 of a possible 34 shots, Bishop led the Lightning to a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers. Bishop improved to a perfect 5-0 against New York this season and picked up his 23rd win of the year.
Compared to Monday night’s loss, the Lightning played a much more disciplined game against the Rangers. Tampa Bay only took two penalties in the game and successfully killed off both ensuing man advantages. Although Brad Richards opened the scoring for the Rangers in the first period, the Lightning only needed nine seconds of the second period to take the lead. Goals by Victor Hedman and rookie Nikita Kucherov just nine seconds apart led the Lightning to a 2-1 win.
The two goals scored in the second period by Tampa Bay tied a franchise record for the shortest time between goals that was set back during the 2003-04 Stanley Cup season.
Even though it had been a little over a week since Bishop was able to start, he was able to pick up right where he left off. Showing no signs of fatigue or setback from his wrist injury, Bishop maintained steady pace in the league for wins as he remains in second place. With the win Tuesday night, Tampa Bay also wins the season series from the Rangers 2-1.