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Bolts' Ben Bishop likely to sit out Game 2; Stralman could return

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop address reporters after practice Sunday afternoon at the Console Energy Center in Pittsburgh. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop address reporters after practice Sunday afternoon at the Console Energy Center in Pittsburgh. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Published May 16, 2016

While coach Jon Cooper didn't rule out goalie Ben Bishop for tonight's Game 2, it certainly doesn't look like he'll play.

Bishop, who suffered a lower left leg injury in Game 1, did not participate in today's optional morning skate, instead liftig weights in an off-ice workout. Andrei Vasilevskiy would appear likely to start, with Kristers Gudlevskis serving as his backup.

Bishop said Sunday he had only been on the ice briefly since the injury, stepping on it with skates to see how it felt. He would likely need at least a practice or team skate before coming back, maybe later in this Eastern Conference final.

"It's not too painful right now, but going out and playing hockey is different than just walking around," Bishop said Sunday.

In other injury news, defenseman Anton Stralman (fractured left leg) could return tonight, having been sidelined since Mar. 25. Stralman participated in today's skate, coming off the ice with regulars. Defenseman Nikita Nesterov would probably be the odd man out if Stralman comes back.

Forwards Erik Condra and Mike Blunden were among the last on the ice, so could be scratched. Jonathan Marchessault could be in if the Lightning goes with 12 forwards.

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