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Bishop leaves practice, but injury not considered 'serious'



As if things weren't bad enough for the Lightning, goaltender Ben Bishop left Friday's practice 10 minutes in and didn't return.

It got to the point where Brian Breseman, the team's director of public relations, was called out of the stands to suit up and fill in as goalie.

Bishop has been the team's MVP, playing arguably the best hockey of his career, so it's encouraging that he's not expected to miss extended time. Coach Jon Cooper thinks Bishop might be available Saturday against the Wild.

"I don't think it's anything serious," Cooper said.

Still, it appears Andrei Vasilevskiy is getting recalled from AHL Syracuse, swapping with Kristers Gudlevskis. Vasilevskiy was spotted at Tampa International Airport this morning by Mike Russo, Wild beat writer for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. There's been no official announcement from the team, but that's expected to come later.

The only hitch would be if it's determined Bishop can't play Saturday, in which case Gudlevskis would likely stay.

In other injury news, wing Ondrej Palat (left ankle) skated with Triplets linemates Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov at today's practice, and seemed optimistic he might return Saturday.


[Last modified: Friday, January 1, 2016 5:07pm]


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