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Ben Bishop, Lightning stifle Kings

Goalie makes 28 saves for first shutout of season, Nikita Kucherov scores twice for Tampa Bay

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

TAMPA -- Ben Bishop made 28 saves for his first shutout of the season to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 5-0 win against the Los Angeles Kings at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

Nikita Kucherov had two goals, and Jonathan Drouin, Gabriel Dumont and Braydon Coburn also scored for the Lightning (24-24-6), who won consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 20-22.

Bishop made 19 saves in the first period in his first shutout since March 28, 2016.

 

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"Obviously it wasn't the start we wanted but those last two periods were really good hockey," Bishop said. "We played good defense and we scored on our opportunities. The last few games we've had some opportunities and just haven't broken out. [Tuesday] we took advantage of those opportunities."

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Peter Budaj made 16 saves for the Kings (27-23-4), who lost their second straight game 5-0 and are 1-2-0 on a four-game road trip. Budaj has allowed nine goals in the past two games after he had shutouts in three of his previous four starts.

"You know I think our start was good," Kings captain Anze Kopitar said. "We had chances in the first 5-10 minutes. It could have been a lot different game but it's the second game in a row that we've been scored on five times."

Kucherov gave the Lightning a 2-0 lead at 6:55 of the second period.

Dumont made it 3-0 at 11:02 with his first goal since April 17, 2013. He beat Budaj with a one-timer off a setup from J.T. Brown.

Kucherov's second goal gave the Lightning a 4-0 lead at 18:18 after he converted a 2-on-1 with a tip-in off a pass from Vladislav Namestnikov.

Coburn made it 5-0 at 13:08 of the third period when he scored off a rebound of a shot by Drouin.

"We need a string of wins, this is two, we want to make 3-4 in a row," Drouin said. "That's what we need. We need points, we need to put together wins."

Drouin gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead at 7:46 of the first period.

Video: LAK@TBL: Kucherov tips in cross-ice dish for second

 

Goal of the game

Drouin scored his 16th goal of the season when he cut around Kings center Tyler Toffoli and beat Budaj high to the far post with a wrist shot.

Video: LAK@TBL: Drouin cuts to net, beats Budaj upstairs

 

Save of the game

Budaj robbed Valtteri Filppula with a sliding glove save at 11:45 of the first period. However, Kings coach Darryl Sutter said he needed more from the goalie Tuesday.

"He wasn't very good," Sutter said. "The first goal and fifth goals were bad goals. Bad goals. He's a veteran also. He needs to better on the road."

Video: LAK@TBL: Budaj lays out to rob Filppula with glove

 

Unsung performance of the game

Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr had an assist and was plus-3 with three blocked shots in 14:01 of ice time.

 

Highlight of the game

Namestnikov put a 50-foot pass on the tape for Kucherov, who crossed center ice with a breakaway and went low on Budaj for his first of the game and 20th of the season.

"He's a smart player and you know we are good friends," Kucherov said of Namestnikov. [We] always talk on and off the ice about the game, going through all the sequences about how we can play here and there."

Video: LAK@TBL: Kucherov finishes Namestnikov's great pass

 

They said it

"Bishop played extremely well in the first period when we needed him. We felt extremely fortunate to come to the room with the lead, clearly Ben Bishop had a big part in that. But once that happened we gave up nine shots the rest of the game." -- Lightning coach Jon Cooper

 

"Obviously, you're not going to win many games if you give up five goals, and we got to clean that up." -- Kings center Anze Kopitar

 

"It's nice. It's been a while. I'll definitely take [the shutout]...The guys made it pretty easy in the last two periods" -- Lightning goalie Ben Bishop

 

Need to know

This is the third consecutive 20-goal season for Kucherov. … Lightning forward Alex Killorn was scratched because of an undisclosed injury. Cooper said he hopes that it's a one-game thing. … Kings defenseman Paul LaDue had a blocked shot and a hit in 16:11 of ice time in his NHL debut.

 

What's next

Kings: At the Florida Panthers on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-F, FS-W, NHL.TV)

Lightning: At the Minnesota Wild on Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, NHL.TV)

 

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