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Bishop, Lightning defeat Kings in shootout

by Corey Long /

TAMPA -- Valtteri Filppula scored the deciding goal in the shootout to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 2-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Amalie Arena on Wednesday.

Tyler Johnson scored a goal, and Ben Bishop made 37 saves through overtime for the Lightning (11-9-3), who have won their past three games.

"The guys came up big in the shootout with a couple of goals," Bishop said. "I thought we played really well recently, but tonight wasn't our best game. But that's what good teams do; they find way to win when they don't play their best and tonight was a case of that."

Milan Lucic scored for the Kings (13-8-1), who were 2-2-1 on their five-game road trip.

"In order to win games, everyone needs to contribute, and you know it's good that we were able to get that point here," Lucic said. "But if you look at it as a whole, it's a .500 road trip and you don't make the playoffs by being a .500 hockey team."

After Lightning forward Jonathan Marchessault and Kings center Anze Kopitar scored during the first two rounds of the shootout, it came down to Filppula in the third round. He faked right and went left with the wrist shot that went over the shoulder of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.

"It's always nice to win one, it's nice to get some points," Filppula said. "I think we've been playing pretty well as of late. Every team has been a tough opponent, so it's tough to get points. Whenever you're playing a good team, you're going to spend time in your zone and they are going to make plays. We had chances as well, we had some power plays and weren't able to score. It was a pretty close game."

Bishop made saves on Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli in the shootout, and Quick stopped Nikita Kucherov.

Lucic tied the game with 5:23 remaining in the third period on a shot from the left circle that trickled between Bishop's pads. Toffoli, who had an assist on Lucic's seventh goal, provided a screen on the shot.

"[Bishop] played well. He's a big body, he stood his ground [and] didn't give the shooters a lot of net to shoot at," Lucic said. "Made some good post-to-post saves, and that's why he's one of the premier goalies in the League. But no matter how good the goalies play, you have to try to find a way to get a few past them."

Johnson gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead on his fourth goal at 5:57 of the third. He took possession of the puck at the left circle, skated to the slot and put a wrist shot past Quick high on the stick side.

"Bishop has been bailing us out when we needed it," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "We've been playing team defense pretty well, but he made some big-time saves. And for us to start stringing a couple wins together, we needed it. You're getting 2-1 against the Rangers and 2-1 against L.A., but fortunately at least we're scoring two, because it seemed like not too long ago we weren't getting any."

Quick made 29 saves.

"We got a lot of good shots to the net and a couple of those chances we needed to capitalize on," Kings center Nick Shore said. "It's nice to be heading home after a five-game trip, and we're looking forward to recovering a little tomorrow and get back at it Saturday (against the Chicago Blackhawks)."

Tampa Bay will play at the Washington Capitals on Friday.

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