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Tampa Bay Lightning G Ben Bishop day-to-day after leaving on stretcher

By The Sports Xchange
Tampa Bay Lightning G Ben Bishop day-to-day after leaving on stretcher
Tampa Bay Lightning's Ben Bishop. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop is day-to-day after leaving Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on a stretcher with a lower-body injury Friday night.

Bishop fell awkwardly while scrambling to get in his crease with 7:35 remaining in the first period of the Lightning's 3-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center. Bishop appeared to be clutching his left knee.

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Tampa coach Jon Cooper said Saturday that Bishop is considered day-to-day but did not disclose whether his star goalie would play Monday night in Game 2.

"Everything's been really good so far with Ben," Cooper said. "Much better news than the scene we saw when he was carted off. As for any playing status, I have no answer or no update yet."

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After the game, Cooper said X-rays were negative and there was no structural damage.

Backup goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 25 shots in relief after Bishop left with the injury as the Lightning overcame a lack of depth to neutralize Pittsburgh's stars in Game 1.

Bishop. 29, is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy after going 35-21-4 with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage in the regular season. He is 8-2 with a 1.86 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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Vasilevskiy, 21, made 16 saves in the third period Friday to help the Lightning take a 1-0 lead in this best-of-seven series. He was 11-10-0 with a 2.76 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 24 regular-season games.

"Nobody wanted to see his happen to Ben at all, but there was a calm among everybody that, 'Hey, we can do this,'" Cooper said. "There's complete confidence in Vasilevskiy in the sense that I think the guys weren't wavering. If there was a concern, it was about Ben's health. It was never about, 'Oh my gosh, this game's in doubt.' I think that's a big reason why we pushed forward where we are right now."

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