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Bishop, Lightning blank Ducks; Stamkos scores two

by Corey Long

TAMPA -- Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist, and Ben Bishop made 30 saves in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 5-0 win against the Anaheim Ducks at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

Nikita Kucherov, Brian Boyle and Jonathan Marchessault also scored for the Lightning (10-9-3), who are 3-1-1 in their past five games.

It was Bishop's first shutout of the season.

"It was a lot of fun," Bishop said. "Obviously, to get some goals, it was probably the most electric I've seen the building all season. The fans were definitely behind us. Saturday night, everyone's happy."

Frederik Andersen made 19 saves for the Ducks (7-10-4), who went 2-2-0 on their four-game road trip.

"We knew coming into this game we had a chance to have a good road trip, but it's just an average road trip," Ducks center Ryan Kesler said. "We've got to just throw this game in the garbage and move on. Second period killed us with back-to-back-to-back goals."

Stamkos scored his first goal at 12:35 of the second period to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead. He took a pass from Ryan Callahan near the red line, skated into the Anaheim zone and sent a wrist shot past Andersen high on the stick side.

"These were two good tests for us, and it was nice to see us pass both," said Stamkos, also referring to Tampa Bay's 2-1 win against the New York Rangers on Thursday. "The guys that have been called up have really stepped up and played outstanding. [Bishop] has played great, and [Saturday] was a result of finally getting the bounces go our way. Hopefully, they come in bunches now."

The Lightning took a 3-0 lead when Stamkos scored his 11th goal at 13:49 of the second. With Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano off for tripping, Kucherov carried the puck into the slot and forced Andersen to commit before passing to Stamkos, who buried a one-timer into the open net.

"[That] was a breakdown," Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It was a couple of things. We dove in and then we didn't take the back door. We go over every game what we're supposed to do. We didn't do it."

Kucherov's sixth goal opened the scoring at 5:57 of the second period. He was the beneficiary of a shot that was mishit by defenseman Andrej Sustr. Andersen committed to the save on Sustr's shot from the right faceoff dot, but the puck instead slid to Kucherov at the top of the crease for an easy goal past Andersen's outstretched right pad.

Joel Vermin had an assist on Kucherov's goal for the first point of his NHL career in his second game.

"We played some good second periods in the last few games, [but] it's the inconsistency in our game from game to game and period to period," Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf said. "I don't think it's so much focused to one period. Game in, game out, it's the same inconsistencies. We got to find a way to build something where we are playing the right way all the time. We've got to find a way to string some wins together."

Boyle scored on a one-timer off a J.T. Brown pass from behind the net at 5:29 of the third period for a 4-0 Tampa Bay lead.

Marchessault scored on a power play at 10:01 in the third period to complete the scoring. It was his first goal of the season.

"Could have been a really good road trip," Boudreau said. "The first three games, we deserved to win. [Saturday], we were back to where we were in the first eight or nine games, or before the Chicago game (a 1-0 overtime loss Oct. 26)."

Anaheim's best scoring chance came midway through the second period when Kelser clearly beat Bishop with a low wrist shot, but it hit the post. Patrick Maroon also had a one-timer that hit high off the post in the first period.

"You sit here and think, 'Was this a 5-0 game?'" Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "Can't sit here and say this was a 5-0 game. Anaheim gave a good push. First period, they are probably saying, 'If Maroon's shot doesn't go off the post, it's 1-0 and who knows how this game goes.' We got the lead and extended it and we held on to it."

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