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Bishop says injury minor; Lightning recall Vasilevskiy

by Staff

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop said Tuesday the lower-body injury that caused him to come out of the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday after one period isn't serious and he hopes to play this weekend, the team reported via its website.

The Lightning recalled goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Bishop said he tweaked something near the end of the first period, but didn't leave the game immediately with the Lightning about to start a power play.

"I knew that it was something you don’t really want to mess with," Bishop said. "It was 1:15 left, we were on the power play, so I wasn't going to leave the game right then and there because it's not too often you have too many shots on the power play. I figured I could hold out until then."

Coach Jon Cooper didn't seem overly worried the Lightning would be without its No. 1 goalie for long.

"I don't think this is a severely long-term deal, but with goaltenders, especially your starter, this is game 32 or wherever we're at right now, there's a long season and you need [Bishop] for the long term," Cooper said. "He physically cannot go. We'll reevaluate on the weekend."

Vasilevskiy, 20, was the 19th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft and is ranked No. 7 among the Top 60 prospects by He is 8-3-3 in 14 AHL games this season with a 2.34 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. He was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Monday after going 2-0-0 with an 0.50 GAA and .982 save percentage last week. He has allowed two goals over his past four starts and won seven of his past eight games.

The Lightning play at the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. Their other goalie is veteran Evgeni Nabokov, who relieved Bishop on Monday and gave up three goals on 21 shots in a 4-2 loss to the Penguins.

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