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Lightning give Bishop rest; Lindback faces Flyers

by Lonnie Herman

TAMPA -- Despite producing a 37-save shutout against the New York Rangers on Monday, Ben Bishop will take a seat on the bench and Anders Lindback will start in net for the Tampa Bay Lightning when they meet the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

"Ben has been exceptional for us," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "At this rate, if you do the math, Bishop will play more games potentially this year than he has played in his NHL career total. Part of it is just managing his minutes.

"On the other hand, Lindback is extremely capable and he needs games. This is just part of the plan."

Bishop left the morning skate Wednesday after taking a puck off his blocker hand, but he and Cooper later said the goalie was fine. Cooper had already planned to give Lindback the start.

Figuring into the plan might be the success Lindback has had against Philadelphia in the past. Last season he started all three games the Lightning played against the Flyers, winning two while posting a 1.68 goals-against average. But Cooper dismissed that idea.

"It has nothing to do with opponents; it has everything to do with games and rest. I just thought this one was Lindback's game," Cooper said.

During Vincent Lecavalier's return to Tampa on Wednesday night, he will be named the "Community Hero" for his charitable work in the area and a video tribute will be shown on the scoreboard.

With Lightning forward Ryan Malone placed on injured reserve Wednesday due to a lower-body injury sustained while blocking a shot, forward Dana Tyrell was recalled from the Lightning's American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.

Flyer coach Craig Berube expressed disappointment at his team's loss Monday to the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.

"We're always trying to improve the team; it's a never-ending process," Berube said. "We haven't done anything yet, in my opinion, and I think we have to keep improving and get better. It's tough because of the schedule; you can't practice these guys too much and too hard. You just can't, they play so many games."

Berube will insert Michael Raffl in the lineup, but didn't say which forward would come out. One possibility could be Jay Rosehill.


Scott HartnellClaude GirouxJakub Voracek

Brayden SchennVincent LecavalierWayne Simmonds

Steve DownieSean CouturierMatt Read

Michael RafflAdam HallZac Rinaldo

Kimmo TimonenBraydon Coburn

Nicklas GrossmannMark Streit

Erik GustafssonLuke Schenn

Ray Emery

Steve Mason

Scratched: Jay Rosehill, Andrej Meszaros, Hal Gill


Martin St. LouisValtteri FilppulaJ.T. Brown

Nikita KucherovAlex KillornTeddy Purcell

Ondrej PalatTyler JohnsonRichard Panik

B.J. CrombeenNate Thompson

Eric BrewerMark Barberio

Sami SaloVictor Hedman

Matthew CarleAndrej Sustr

Keith Aulie

Anders Lindback

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Dana Tyrell

Injured: Steven Stamkos (broken tibia), Pierre-Cedric Labrie (upper body), Radko Gudas (upper body), Ryan Malone (lower body)

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