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Bishop out at least two weeks for Stars

Goalie reinjures left knee, could return in final week of regular season

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Ben Bishop will be out at least two weeks for the Dallas Stars after reinjuring his left knee Sunday in a 4-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place.

The goaltender, who stopped all three shots he faced, left the game at 10:11 of the first period, after appearing to injure his left knee making a glove save on Bryan Little.

Bishop (26-17-5, 2.49 goals-against average, .916 save percentage) first injured the knee in a 2-0 loss against the Nashville Predators on March 6 and missed five games. He returned to the Stars lineup for a 3-2  overtime loss against the Ottawa Senators on March 16, and Sunday was his second game back.

Kari Lehtonen (12-10-3, 2.46 GAA,.913 save percentage), who replaced Bishop on Sunday, started all five games in Bishop's most recent absence and was 1-3-1.

The Stars (38-27-8) are two points behind the Anaheim Ducks for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference. They are 0-3-2 on a six-game road trip, which ends against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSWA, FS-SW+, NHL.TV).

Bishop will be re-evaluated in two weeks, meaning the earliest he could return would be April 3 at the San Jose Sharks. He likely will miss a minimum of six games.

"He's currently getting an evaluation off of an MRI," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "I can't give you that until we get back [to Dallas], but obviously when we say we're going to evaluate it in two weeks, then you get the picture."

Right now the injury picture for Dallas isn't great. Forwards Jason Spezza (back) and Brett Ritchie (lower body) are also out, as is defenseman Marc Methot (hand).

"He's not not close," Hitchcock said of Methot. "He's trying, but he's unable to do even the minimum necessary to be able to play."

Yet Hitchcock refuses to use the injuries as a crutch.

"Who cares?" he said. "For me, we're still in this fight. If we get points, then the magnification of what we have to do at home isn't as dramatic. But whatever happens today happens. We get back home. We fight like crazy.

"We've got to win our home games. That's obvious. But we're in this fight, and for what we've gone through and everything we've gone through roster-wise we're still hanging around here, which is great."

The Stars recalled forward Curtis McKenzie and goalie Mike McKenna from Texas of the American Hockey League on Monday. McKenzie  is 15-9-4 with a 2.69 GAA, and .907 save percentage in 30 AHL appearances.

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