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Ben Bishop will sit out the Lightning's final 3 games, his status for playoffs is uncertain

Ben Bishop will sit out the final three games of the regular season, and the Lightning goaltender's availability for the first round of the playoffs is uncertain.

Though coach Jon Cooper did not rule out Bishop playing in the first round, which is expected to be against the Canadiens, he did not offer a timetable either.

"No, I wouldn't rule him out," Cooper said Wednesday. "I'm not sitting here saying he will (play) but I'm not saying he won't. I guess in saying that, it's not impossible that he would be playing in the first round at some point."

Bishop, who was hurt in the first period of Tuesday's 3-0 victory over the Maple Leafs, fell awkwardly on his left wrist/arm after he extended to catch a floating puck. He skated off the ice, in obvious pain and with help, and had an MRI exam this morning.

Cooper said "as far as I know" the MRI did not show any structural damage.

In that sense, he called the news "encouraging," but he added, "It's discouraging because when you sit back and reflect on what happened and how it happened, and then you watch replays of how it happened, you expect him to pop right up after that."

Anders Lindback, who was outstanding in relief against Toronto with 25 saves, will carry the load, though Kristers Gudlevskis will be called up from AHL Syracuse.

Cooper said Bishop's status will be re-evaluated early next week.

"None of this is season-ending, five-alarm stuff," Cooper said. "Just another one on the check list of things that have been nagging him this year. We're going to sit him out for a little bit here and see if we can get him back to some sort of normalcy."