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Lightning chase Peters, beat Carolina 5-3

Jan 19, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

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The Tampa Bay Lightning capped an up-and-down weekend with a 5-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.

It’s been an interesting couple days for the Bolts, as their three big snubbed players made headlines. Victor Hedman suffered a lower-body injury that luckily doesn’t seem too severe and Martin St. Louis saw his four-goal game squandered in a loss, yet things were better today, as Ben Bishop was fantastic in making 48 out of 51 saves.

That stood in especially stark contrast with the Hurricanes’ play in net, as it was a rough day for Justin Peters.

The 27-year-old barely lasted more than 15 minutes of game time on Sunday, allowing three goals on seven shots before being pulled in favor of Anton Khudobin. The goal was likely to give Khudobin a little breather with Cam Ward on the shelf, as this was Peters’ first start since Jan. 19.

(Technically, Khudobin ended up taking the loss.)

Andrej Sekera and Justin Faulk also had an awful Sunday, posting matching -4 ratings.

The Lightning improved to 29-16-5 with the win, as their start to 2014 continues to be up-and-down (they’re 5-4-1 since Jan. 1). The Hurricanes have now lost three of their last four contests, falling to 20-19-9 overall.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 19, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    And the slumping Martin St. Louis has now gone 4 whole periods without a goal. Healthy scratch coming? Trade rumors?

  2. storminator16 - Jan 19, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    In other news, Rutuu sat most if not all of the 3rd period. Muller doesn’t make a habit of benching players. I wonder if something else is up before the night is over.

  3. lightning69 - Jan 19, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    2 days, 2 games 1-1. Bishop has been so amazing, that it is looked at as a let down when he looks slightly human once every 20 games. Terrible that Marty’s dominance was in a loss.

    The Bolts are scary when they are rolling, but the Achilles heel is the D stepping up too much (with 3 or 4 goal leads, it isn’t necessary) expecting Bishop to keep performing miracles when they get out of position.

    Bishop bailed us out yet again today. Glad for the 2 pts and glad this stretch of 5 in 7 days is over.

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