Saturday, July 26, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Lightning top Canadiens in OT

Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop loves getting under the skin of his opponent.

After an altercation with Brandon Prust at the end of the second period of visiting Tampa Bay's 2-1 overtime victory over Montreal on Saturday afternoon, fans at the Bell Centre voiced their displeasure with the Bolts goaltender until the final horn.

Nate Thompson scored the winner, his second goal of the game and fifth of the season, at 4:36 of overtime when Victor Hedman found him all alone in front of Carey Price's net.

"I just shot it as hard as I can," Thompson said. "I'm not a guy who picks corners too often. It was the end of the period. I just closed my eyes and hit it as hard as I could." The Montreal fans booed Bishop every time he touched the puck, contemptuously chanted his name, and even laughed with derision when he stumbled over his net.

"It was awesome," said Bishop, who made 28 saves. "That's how we play the game. Something like that, you never forget. It keeps you in the game. It reminds me of college - at the visiting rink, they're like that the whole game. It's fun."

David Krejci scored a second-period power-play goal and Chad Johnson made 22 saves for his second career shutout and the Boston Bruins earned a 4-0 victory over the visiting Edmonton Oilers. Krejci's 12th goal of the season at 2:06 of the second period was enough for the Bruins to win for the sixth time in their last eight games and maintain the second-best record in the Eastern Conference.

Jamie McGinn had two goals and an assist, Gabriel Landeskog also had two goals, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Buffalo Sabres, 7-1, in Denver. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists and Semyon Varlamov had 27 saves for the Avalanche, who have won three straight.

Linemates Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner each had a goal and an assist in the first period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 36 saves to lead the Blue Jackets past the Florida Panthers, 4-1, in Columbus.

Phil Kessel scored three goals, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the visiting Ottawa Senators, 6-3, for their sixth straight win at home. Kessel is second in the NHL in goals this season. Toronto's streak is its longest since the Maple Leafs concluded the 2006-07 season with 10 straight home victories. -Associated Press

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