For a night, the Lightning looks familiar

by Gary Shelton on December 11, 2015 · 0 comments

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Kucherov works against Ceci./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Kucherov works against Ceci./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Friday, 12:38 a.m.

Okay, no one speaks too soon.

But we might have a sighting at the elusive Tampa Bay Lightning. Finally.

The Lightning certainly looked enough like last year's team in a 4-1 bashing of Ottawa Saturday night. Nikita Kucherov was scoring, and the Triplets were reunited, and Ben Bishop was on his game. The Bolts were winning easily at home.

It was Tampa Bay's third win in its last four games and its second four-goal game in the last three.

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Brown shut the door with an empty net goal in the final minute of play./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Brown shut the door with an empty net goal in the final minute of play./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Kucherov scored twice, his ninth and 10th goals. Andre Palat returned, and Tyler Johnson played his second game since his return.

Ben Bishop stopped 30 of 31 shots to run his record to 7-0-3 against his old team. Bishop has held opponents to two or fewer goals in 12 of his last 14 starts.

“(Ottawa) has one of the best power plays, especially on the road," Bishop said. :We have a really good penalty kill so to be able to shut them down was good. We’ve had some bad games, but we don’t have a bad penalty kill. We just need to stay out of the box.”

The Bolts started slugglishly, as often happens after a long road trip, but picked it up midway through the first period. They went into the third with only a 1-0 lead but scored three times. Valtteri Filppula scored for Tampa Bay, and J.T. Brown knocked in an empty netter.

The Lightning play at home Saturday night against Washington, then Monday night against Columbus.

Bishop moves to block a shot from Wideman in the 3rd period./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Bishop moves to block a shot from Wideman in the 3rd period./ANDREW J. KRAMER

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