Bishop gets 31st win, Lightning top Devils 3-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 15, 2014 at 9:53 pm •  Published: March 15, 2014
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Ben Bishop had a milestone game against one of the NHL's greatest goalies.

Bishop stopped 23 shots to set Tampa Bay's single-season record with 31 victories as the Lightning beat Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils 3-0 on Saturday night.

"He's got a few more than me," Bishop said of Brodeur, who tops the NHL's career wins list with 686. "It's always nice playing against the best in the game, if not the best ever. So, whenever you can get a win against him, you remember those."

Bishop (31-11-6) broke the mark held by Nikolai Khabibulin, which was set in 2002-03. It was Bishop's fifth shutout this season.

"You're watching the growth of Ben Bishop," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "He wants that next start. He's not shying away from it."

Bishop now has 49 career victories, including eight shutouts, in 97 games.

Michael Kostka had a goal and an assist for Tampa Bay, which has won two in a row following a five-game losing streak (0-3-2). B.J Crombeen and Nate Thompson had the other goals for the Lightning.

Brodeur made 29 saves for the Devils, who were coming off a 5-3 loss Friday night at Florida. Brodeur had beaten Tampa Bay twice earlier this season, allowing just one goal overall.

"It's all about winning," Brodeur said. "It doesn't matter if I feel good in there. We didn't get the win. On a personal note, I was seeing the puck pretty good."

The Devils are 11th in the Eastern Conference.

"We all know what's at stake," New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer said. "It's a disappointing trip, but the season is not over."

Bishop turned aside four shots by Michael Ryder, including a nice arm save, during the first two periods, and gloved a shot from the top of the left circle by Adam Henrique with 6 1/2 minutes to go in the third.

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