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Lightning's Bishop won't play in Game 3

Goalie day-to-day with lower-body injury, could return for Game 4

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop will not play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), but could be available for Game 4, coach Jon Cooper said.

Bishop, who is day-to-day because of a lower-body injury sustained in the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins, skated on his own before practice Wednesday.

Cooper said he's hopeful Bishop could practice Thursday.

"After today's game I think now we're teetering on whether he can be back or not," Cooper said. "There's obviously no guarantees in that but he's been making gradual steps. He was going up and down in his pads and hopefully it's soon."

Andrei Vasilevskiy is expected to be the Lightning's starting goalie in Game 3 against the Penguins at Amalie Arena. The best-of-7 series is tied 1-1.

Vasilevskiy started Game 2 on Monday and made 38 saves in a 3-2 overtime loss. He has allowed four goals on 67 shots since replacing Bishop.

Cooper also said Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will not play in Game 3. However, forward Ryan Callahan, who missed Game 2 because of the flu, is expected to play after practicing Wednesday.

"He's a lot better than he was and he should be available tonight," Cooper said. "That was an unfortunate situation because that kid is tough as nails. He looked awful, felt awful, but he gamed it out to get back."

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