For a night, Lightning look playoff-ready

by Gary Shelton on February 27, 2015 · 0 comments

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Bishop stands big in goal during his shutout

Bishop stands big in goal during his shutout

Friday, 11:55 p.m.


Here he comes.

His footsteps get louder as he approaches. His growl is menacing. His game is dangerous.

There are goals that are exclamation points, goals that are guillotines, goals that settle all debates.

Steven Stamkos had one of those Friday night, a wind-it-up and slam-it-shut slapshot that turned out the lights in a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. It not only shut up a raucous bunch of visitors, it signaled to the rest of the league that the Lightning was still a force to be reckoned with, and Stamkos is still their most valuable weapon.

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