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Bishop, Bolts earn point in road trip finale

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ben Bishop salvaged the finale of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s four-game road trip.

Bishop stopped a season-high 42 shots but couldn’t come up with the last one in a 1-0 overtime loss to Anaheim in front of an announced crowd of 16,648 at Honda Center. It was Tampa Bay’s first loss in seven overtime/shootout games this season.

Jonas Hiller, who was not scheduled to start until Viktor Fasth was injured during warm-ups and unable to play, was stellar for Anaheim himself in stopping 31 shots to pick up the shutout.

After starting the road trip with three consecutive losses and being outscored 16-6 in the process, the Lightning found a way to keep the puck out of the net for nearly 65 minutes on Friday.

“Getting one point is better than getting none,’’ Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “But we did a lot of good things. I thought we played extremely for playing our third game in four nights against a conference leading team. ... We get one (point) and you take it and move on.’’

The Ducks won the game when an offensive zone turnover by Victor Hedman allowed Ryan Getzlaf to come down the left wing. His initial shot was stopped by Bishop, but Getzlaf got enough of his stick on the follow-up shot that popped into the air and behind Bishop, who just missed getting his glove on the puck behind him before it went in the net with 5.2 seconds left in the overtime.

“I made the save. He just whacked at it and flicked it through the air, and I got a piece of it, but it was sitting on the goal line,’’ said Bishop, who battled dehydration during the game and was required nearly an hour of treatment to replenish fluids after the game. “I thought I had it. That’s very, very, very frustrating.’’

Tampa Bay closed out the four-game trip with a 0-3-1 record.

During the game the Lightning lost defenseman Radko Gudas to an undisclosed upper-body injury in the first period. Gudas attempted to come out for the second period but left after three shifts and did not return. Gudas was involved in a first-period fight with Lucas Sbisa and went to the locker room after coming out of the penalty box.

“I think he’s OK,’’ Cooper said. “I don’t know exactly what happened but he got cut on the chin and somewhere on his face. But we had seven (defensemen) and there was no reason to play him, so we sat him for precaution.’’

The game was scoreless heading into overtime, primarily because of the play in net at both ends of the ice.

“If you watched that game and where the shots came from, but you never saw a puck go in the net you would have thought that game was going to be 7-6,’’ Cooper said. “It was a pretty entertaining (1-0) game if you ask me. The fans got their money worth tonight.’’

Bishop, who allowed eight goals in his previous two starts on the trip, bounced back in a big way as he allowed fewer than three goals for the 14th time in 18 starts this season.

Less than two minutes into the game, Bishop was called upon when Getzlaf stripped Victor Hedman of the puck and raced up the ice for a shorthanded breakaway chance that was turned aside. Bishop did it again less than two minutes into the second period when Andrew Cogliano broke in for a partial shorthanded breakaway after Cogliano made a move around Marty St. Louis at 1:57 of the second for the open look. Cogliano had another shorthanded breakaway midway through the second period, but was again turned away by Bishop at 9:47 to keep the game scoreless.

While the Lightning kept handing out shorthanded chances, the power play failed to come through at the other end against the 28th-ranked penalty kill unit in the league, coming up empty on six chances.

“I think we had one that was little bit of a disappointment, but other than that ... ,’’ Cooper said. “I don’t think our momentum got killed and we had our chances.’’

At the other end, Hiller was coming up with some quality saves of his own when Tampa Bay was creating chances. Tyler Johnson, the most frequent Lightning attacker, was turned aside twice in the third period when he came with speed on open looks.

“That was probably as good a goaltending display from both goaltenders I’ve seen in a very long time,’’ Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Even when Bishop was caught out of position, the puck stayed out when Sami Salo was able to get his stick in the way just as Kyle Palmieri came around the net on a wraparound chance.

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