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Bishop delivers shutout in first game as Lightning goalie

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Now Ben Bishop will have to figure out what to do for an encore with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The goalie's debut with the team was an overwhelming success as he made 45 saves in a 5-0 romp past the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night at PNC Arena.

"It's special," said Bishop, who played a day after he was acquired in a trade from the Ottawa Senators. "It's just one game; you can't get too high. ... It's big for the team. I wanted to get off on the right foot."

Teddy Purcell, Tom Pyatt, Keith Aulie, Martin St. Louis and Benoit Pouliot scored for the Lightning, who are 3-0-1 in their last four games. Tampa Bay snapped a three-game road losing streak, moving into a tie with the Hurricanes for third place in the Southeast Division.

Matthew Carle and St. Louis chipped in with two assists each.

Carolina has lost 10 of its last 11 games, tumbling out of first place in the process.

Bishop posted his third career shutout and second of the season, capped by 17 stops in the third period.

"He looked very comfortable," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "He wasn't erratic. ... He was simple, kept everything simple."

Bishop, 26, has a 9-5-0 record this season. He joined the Lightning in a trade that sent Cory Conacher to Ottawa.

Bishop was quick to praise his defense.

"They did the job in the first to keep it 0-0," he said. "I definitely see the potential here."

Tampa Bay players said Bishop, who's 6 feet 7, gave the Lightning confidence right away with his demeanor.

"It's a heck of a first game for him," Carle said. "Very calm. His communication skills, it's pretty surprising for his first game (with us)."

At the other end, it was a different outlook. Carolina goalie Dan Ellis, who stopped 25 shots, took responsibility for allowing the game to get out of hand.

"I need to make a save," Ellis said. "You need your goalie to go in there and steal a game at times like this when things aren't going our way."

Even though Bishop was busy, it wasn't a stress-filled outing.

"I didn't think we gave up a ton of Grade-A chances," Cooper said.

Purcell knocked in a rebound 27 seconds into the second period to begin the scoring.

"We looked like a fragile group at that time," Carolina coach Kirk Muller said, pointing out how Tampa Bay's first goal altered the game's complexion. "You see how it just deflated our group."

After the Hurricanes failed to convert on an extended power play, including 37 seconds worth of five-on-three, the Lightning went to work again.

Tampa Bay had a chance for a larger lead, but Tyler Johnson's redirect attempt hit the crossbar.

The margin soon grew anyway.

A few minutes later, Pyatt's redirect from Alex Killorn's delivery was on target as the Lightning built a 2-0 lead with 4:05 to play in the second period.

Aulie's goal, a slap shot from outside the left circle, made it 3-0 with 42 seconds left in the second period. St. Louis picked up one of the assists on the goal for his first point of the game.

St. Louis, who is second in the league with 37 assists, began the night as one of three players in the NHL who hadn't gone consecutive games without a point this season. Pittsburgh teammates Chris Kunitz and Evgeni Malkin are the others.

Carolina has lost its last six home games.

NOTES: Tampa Bay captain Vincent Lecavalier was back after a nine-game absence with a lower-body injury. He had a shot hit the post in the opening six minutes. ... Defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron played for Carolina two days after he was traded by Tampa Bay. ... The Hurricanes played their first game since sending left winger Jussi Jokinen to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a trade-deadline deal in return for a sixth- or seventh-round draft pick in June. ... Defenseman Joni Pitkanen will miss the rest of Carolina's season with a broken heel sustained Tuesday night against Washington. He played in 22 games this season with one goal and eight assists. ... Right winger Tuomo Ruutu was back in the lineup for the Hurricanes after a two-game absence with a lower-body injury. ... Tampa Bay center Nate Thompson sat out the second and final game of a two-game suspension. ... The Hurricanes had a first-period goal wiped out when Alexander Semin kicked the puck into the net. .. This was the start to a three-game road trip for Tampa Bay, with the next stop Saturday at the New York Islanders. ... Carolina finishes a three-game homestand Saturday night against the New York Rangers.
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