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Ben Bishop 'fine' after exiting loss to Vegas with injury

The Stars goaltender departed early in the third period Friday after taking a shot off his mask

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars goaltender Ben Bishop is "fine" after taking a shot to the mask and leaving Friday's game against Vegas at American Airlines Center.

Bishop was injured four minutes into the third period when a shot from Vegas forward Reilly Smith hit him in the mask. Bishop, who was cut by the shot, left the game and entered the NHL's concussion protocol.

Video: VGK@DAL: Bishop leaves game after shot to mask

"He's fine," Stars coach Ken Hitchcock after the game. "And we were directed to keep him out. He'll be fine (Saturday)."

Kari Lehtonen played the final 16 minutes of the game, which Vegas won 2-1. 

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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