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Lightning's Bishop to miss rest of regular season

Wednesday, 04.09.2014 / 2:30 PM / News

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Lightning's Bishop to miss rest of regular season
Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop will miss the rest of the regular season with an upper-body injury

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop will miss the remainder of the regular season but could be available "at some point" during the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, coach Jon Cooper said Wednesday.

Bishop left Tampa Bay's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday at 5:43 of the first period with an upper-body injury.

Tampa Bay Times beat writer Damian Cristodero reported that an MRI on Bishop did not show any structural damage.

"This is just another bump in the road," Cooper said. "I didn't expect we would go through a cobblestone street this whole year."

Bishop dove to make a glove save and hit the ice hard, landing awkwardly on his wrist. He was helped off the ice and appeared to be in discomfort. Bishop made three saves before he was replaced by Anders Lindback, who stopped all 25 shots he faced in a 3-0 victory.

Entering play Wednesday, Bishop is fourth in the NHL with a career-high 37 wins, tied for sixth with a .924 save percentage and ninth with a 2.23 goals-against average. His 63 games more than double the amount he played in parts of four previous seasons with the St. Louis Blues, Ottawa Senators and Lightning.

To replace Bishop on the roster, the Lightning recalled goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis from Syracuse of the American Hockey League.

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We have no doubt how he can play. You don't, with four teams that are left, you're not getting here without good goaltending. All great goalies left, and [Bishop] is a top-tier goaltender in this league and he's shown it.

— Lightning coach Jon Cooper on goalie Ben Bishop, who shut out the Rangers in Game 5