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Ben Bishop considered 'day-to-day' with lower body injury

Ben Bishop was carried off on a stretcher in the first period of Game 1 after writhing in pain, grabbing his left knee.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Ben Bishop was carried off on a stretcher in the first period of Game 1 after writhing in pain, grabbing his left knee.

The Lightning got some extremely encouraging news Saturday, with goalie Ben Bishop considered just "day-to-day" with a lower body injury, GM Steve Yzerman told the Tampa Bay Times.

It's uncertain Bishop's availability for Monday's Game 2, but this news certainly could have been a lot worse. Bishop was carried off on a stretcher in the first period of Game 1 after writhing in pain, grabbing his left knee. Coach Jon Cooper didn't know Bishop's status.

"Everything has been really goood so far on Ben," Cooper said. "Much better news than the scene we saw what happened when he was carted off. As far as playing status, I have no answer.

Cooper said after the game all x-rays on Bishop were negative, and there was nothing wrong "structurally."

"We're hoping for the best," Cooper said.

And this is probably the best-case scenario for Tampa Bay, which is up 1-0 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final with the Penguins. If Bishop can't go, backup Andrei Vasilevskiy - who was impressive in a 25 save relief performance Friday - would get the nod.

[Last modified: Saturday, May 14, 2016 4:28pm]

    

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