CHICAGO -- Ben Bishop started in goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday at United Center.
Bishop was questionable after he twice left Game 2 on Saturday and was replaced by backup Andrei Vasilevskiy, who finished the game with five saves during the final 7:41 of Tampa Bay's 4-3 win that evened the best-of-7 series at 1-1.
Vasilevskiy was the first goalie to win in relief in the Stanley Cup Final since Frank Pietrangelo for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991.
Goalie - TBL
GAA: 2.20 | SVP: .918
Bishop left Game 2 at 7:17 of the third period when Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp took a high-sticking penalty and returned at 8:49 when Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison scored what turned out to be the winning goal. Bishop exited again for good at 12:19 of the third period.
Bishop took part in the morning skate Monday for 15 minutes and was the first goalie off the ice, suggesting he would start. But neither coach Jon Cooper nor Bishop would confirm his status Monday morning and wouldn’t say what caused Bishop to leave Game 2.
In 22 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Bishop has a 12-9 record with a 2.20 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage, and three shutouts.
Cooper also scratched rookie forward Jonathan Drouin in favor of defenseman Nikita Nesterov, using 11 forwards and seven defensemen.
Drouin played 7:52 and had two shots on goal in Game 2, his first game since Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens on May 7.
Cooper scratched Nesterov in Game 2 on Saturday and dressed a traditional lineup of 12 forwards and six defensemen for the first time since Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers.
Here are the lineups for Game 3:
Alex Killorn - Valtteri Filppula - Steven Stamkos
Ondrej Palat - Tyler Johnson - Nikita Kucherov
J.T. Brown - Cedric Paquette - Brenden Morrow
Brian Boyle - Ryan Callahan
Victor Hedman - Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn - Jason Garrison
Matthew Carle - Andrej Sustr
Scratched: Mark Barberio, Jonathan Drouin, Jonathan Marchessault, Vladislav Namestnikov
Brandon Saad – Jonathan Toews – Marian Hossa
Bryan Bickell – Brad Richards – Patrick Kane
Patrick Sharp – Antoine Vermette – Teuvo Teravainen
Andrew Desjardins – Marcus Kruger – Andrew Shaw
Duncan Keith – Niklas Hjalmarsson
Johnny Oduya – Trevor van Riemsdyk
Kyle Cumiskey – Brent Seabrook
Scratched: Kris Versteeg, Kimmo Timonen, Joakim Nordstrom, Daniel Carcillo, David Rundblad, Antti Raanta, Phillip Danault, Ville Pokka, Ryan Hartman, Victor Svedberg
Injured: Michal Rozsival (fractured left ankle)