Lightning 2, Hurricanes 0

David Droschak, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Ben Bishop recorded his second shutout in as many games against Carolina while Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman scored as Tampa Bay continued its mastery of the Hurricanes at PNC Arena with a 3-0 victory Friday night.
The Lightning has started 9-4, beating its former Southeast Division rival for the eighth time in the last nine visits to Raleigh. Bishop stopped 31 shots en route to his fourth career shutout. His first came in his Tampa Bay debut here April 4.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes continue to struggle on offense, losing their fourth straight after starting the season 4-2-3. During the skid the Canes have been outscored 13-4.
Hedman, with 17 career goals in 270 games, broke a scoreless tie halfway through the second period when he intentionally played the puck off the end boards from the left point. The puck caromed off the back of one of Peters' pads, and when the Carolina goalie tried to recover he kicked the rubber into the net with his other pad.
Stamkos put the game away with 8:22 left on his eighth shot of the game and 10th goal of the season, beating Justin Peters on a backhander he picked out of the air with Jiri Tlusty draped on his back. Alex Killorn added his third goal of the season with 2:46 left on a 2-on-1 breakout with Martin St. Louis, who had two assists.
Carolina was 0-for-4 on the power play with just five man-advantage shots on Bishop, who had to make just two saves in the opening 14 minutes of the third period as the Hurricanes mounted few scoring chances on the 6-foot-7 goalie.
Peters kept the low-scoring Hurricanes in the game with a trio of nifty saves on Stamkos, one coming on a breakaway and two on consecutive point-blank attempts late in the second as the Lightning peppered the Carolina goalie with 16 shots after registering just three in the opening 20 minutes.
NOTES: Tampa Bay allowed just three first-period goals in 13 games. ... The two teams combined for only eight shots in the opening 24:23. ... Recently signed Hurricanes C Manny Malhotra last played Feb. 9, 2013. He won his first faceoff for the team less than two minutes into the game. ... Tampa Bay outscored the Hurricanes 20-7 last season as longtime members of the Southeast Division. ... Lightning RW Martin St. Louis came into the game tied with Mark Recchi for the eighth-most points (83) scored by an opponent against the Whalers/Hurricanes. ... Hurricanes captain C Eric Staal was called for tripping in the second period and now has eight minors in 13 games to lead the team with 16 penalty minutes.

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