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Ben Bishop on ice before skate, getting closer

While Ben Bishop won't play in tonight's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final, coach Jon Cooper is hopeful the Vezina Trophy finalist will join the team for practice Thursday and come back in the series.

DIRK SHADD | Times

While Ben Bishop won't play in tonight's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final, coach Jon Cooper is hopeful the Vezina Trophy finalist will join the team for practice Thursday and come back in the series.

Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop took another step closer to a return, working out on the ice in full gear before Wednesday's morning skate.

He worked on his movements, facing shots from goalie coach Frantz Jean.

While Bishop won't play in tonight's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final, coach Jon Cooper is hopeful the Vezina Trophy finalist will join the team for practice Thursday and come back in the series.

"Ben skated today, and he will not be in the lineup tonight, but he's progressing," Cooper said. "After today's game, I think now we're teetering on whether he can be back. There's no guarantees in that. But he's been making gradual steps everyday and he was going up and down today in his pads."

Right wing Ryan Callahan, who missed Monday's Game 2 with the flu, was back on the ice for the optional morning skate. He said he's feeling better, and is good to go for tonight. 

"That kid is tough as nails," Cooper said. "He actually had a really good line for me, he was so pissed. He said 'Yeah last year, I played a game three days after getting my appendix out and this year I can't even fight through the damn flu.' I said that must have been a bad flu bug. He looked awful, felt awful, but has gamed it out to be back."

Cooper said everyone is available but Bishop and captain Steven Stamkos, who was not at the optional morning skate. The Lightning said Stamkos had an off ice workout Tuesday and a planned day off today. 

It's still interesting, as Stamkos has been skating most every day with the team, including optionals. Plus, he had said they were getting closer to making a decision on if he's playing in playoffs or not.

 

 

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 12:38pm]

    

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