Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop set a new franchise record for single-game saves with a career-high 48-of-51 performance, in a 5-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday afternoon. The 51 shots also set a franchise record for most shots faced.
Carolina was able to manage 17 shots each period but only three goals while Tampa Bay netted their first three goals in the first period on a mere eight shots.
Lightning rookie defenseman Mark Barberio opened the scoring with his first ever NHL goal and blasted in a second late in the middle period. His goals marked the first time a defenseman has tallied his first two NHL goals in the same game since Slava Voynov of the Los Angeles Kings accomplished it in Dallas on Oct. 27, 2011 (credit: Elias Sports Bureau).
Tampa added goals by Ondrej Palat and Nikita Kucherov in the first to take a three-goal lead into the first intermission and ran Carolina starting goalie Justin Peters to the bench to be replaced by Anton Khudobin.
The Lightning continued to strike early in the second. Teddy Purcell found himself alone in the crease after Khudobin was spun out of position trying to make a save. The bouncing puck ended up in his lap, and he slapped it in to run the score to 4-0.
The Hurricanes, who were shut out the last time Tampa Bay was in Raleigh, were not destined for history to repeat. Hurricane winger Alexander Semin scored his ninth of the season on a power play, and shortly after captain Eric Staal cut the deficit in half when he netted his 11th of the year.
The third period saw consistent pressure by the Hurricanes, but it proved no match for Bishop. The Lightning netminder has now brought his record to 3-0-0 against Carolina this season.