Ben Bishop Is Not Expected To Be Back Anytime Soon

Not only are the Tampa Bay Lightning down a game in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but they are now without their top goalie Ben Bishop and his status remains uncertain as to when he will get back on the ice.

It’s becoming increasingly unlikely he’ll be able to return to the Bolts lineup this series, though Cooper didn’t rule out a possible comeback should it be extended. While the club would surely love to have Bishop available, goaltending wasn’t a major issue last night — Anders Lindback did surrended five goals, but also was the busier of the two netminders and stopped 39 of 44 shots.

“He gave up five goals so people will say he gave up five goals but we put him in a tough spot a lot,” Cooper said, per the Tampa Tribune. “We have to be better than that, if you are going to go there and say that Lindback cost us the game, don’t.”

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