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Lightning say goalie Bishop will play again in Final

by Shawn Roarke

CHICAGO -- Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop will play again in the Stanley Cup Final, coach Jon Cooper said Wednesday after Bishop was scratched from Game 4.

Bishop, who has an undisclosed injury, was replaced by rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy, who made 17 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center.

"[Bishop] is going to play again in this series, there's no question," Cooper said. "I just don't know which game."

The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2, with Game 5 at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports). Game 6 is here on Monday.

Bishop made 36 saves in a 3-2 win in Game 3 on Monday and took part in the morning skate Wednesday without displaying any signs he would not be able to play, though Cooper would not announce him as the starter.

At some point between the morning skate and the game, it was determined Bishop would not play.

"We knew today that he probably wasn't going to be able to go," Cooper said. "Got here tonight and we just confirmed it."

Vasilevskiy, 20, who won Game 2 in relief of Bishop, made his first Stanley Cup Playoff start. Bishop left the 4-3, Game 2 win twice during the third period.

Vasilevskiy, the fourth youngest goalie to make his first Stanley Cup Final start, was backed up Wednesday by Kristers Gudlevskis.

"Regardless of who was starting the game, I think they got two big goaltenders who can make big stops for them," said Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, who scored the first goal. "We want to do all those little things we've been talking about, the usual things as far as traffic and getting those shots through."

Vasilevskiy faced two shots in the first period and stopped 11 of 12 in the second. He stopped four of five in the third but allowed a second-chance goal to forward Brandon Saad with 13:38 remaining for the game-winner.

"I thought [Vasilevskiy] was our best player," Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison said. "He kept us in it. He made some big saves. I'm not sure of [Bishop's] status and I don't know who will be in net in Game 5, but we just have to play the same way."

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