TAMPA — Goaltender Ben Bishop doesn’t expect to be out long after suffering an undisclosed lower-body injury during the third period of Thursday’s victory against Florida.
Bishop will not dress for tonight’s game against Pittsburgh - Cedrick Desjardins, called up from Syracuse on Friday, will serve as the backup to Anders Lindback - but hopes he can dress for Tuesday’s game against Los Angeles.
“Yes hopefully,’’ Bishop said. “We will treat it (today) and treat it (Sunday), get in a practice on Monday we’ll go from there,’’ Bishop said.
After missing practice on Friday, Bishop skated for about 20 minutes this morning before the rest of the team went on the ice. He said he worked on puck-handling, some movement on the ice and went down into a butterfly position to test the injury, which is believed to be groin strain.
“I just stayed to see if I could feel anything,’’ he said. “It’s early (in the season) but it’s better to be safe than sorry and not let it linger on for a long time. I’ve felt a lot better the last 48 hours so I will just take (tonight) off and hopefully be ready to go.’’
Bishop confirmed that he suffered the injury stretching out his leg trying to stop Jonathan Huberdeau’s third-period goal.
“He went sort of to my left and then went back and I reached out and I was extended,’’ Bishop said. “I kind of push my leg back in as he scored. Two minutes after it happened it was getting pretty stiff, but I was trying to just keep moving keep it loose and trying get through the game.’’
Lindback gets the call to face the Penguins, which is his first action since opening night in Boston on Oct. 3. Bishop had started the previous three.
But seeing extended gaps between starts is nothing new for Lindback, who served as the backup to Pekka Rinne in Nashville for two season before being traded to Tampa Bay.
“It’s nothing different, I try to keep it the same if I play two nights in a row or go months between,’’ Lindback said of his preparation. “I just to try to get the right feeling the morning skate and mentally prepare yourself and just be ready when the puck drops.’’
During his time with the Predators, Lindback was lauded for his work ethic during practices, something which has carried over to this time with the Lightning.
“There’s one thing about that guy, every day he pulls out the card and punches the clock,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. “That’s what will keep him adored by his teammates and will always give him a chance to play because of his work ethic. I’ll tell you it does not go unnoticed by the coaching staff or the players. The way he battles,it’s going to get him starts and it’s going to make him a better goalie in the end.’’
One game after being scratched, RW Richard Panik was back in the lineup on Thursday against Florida, and though he did not hit the scoresheet, Cooper liked the way Panik responded.
“His first response to me was, “well I was a minus one’, I said “listen I didn’t think that was indicative of the way you played’,’’ Cooper said. “He may not have completely got to see on paper some of the work he did but I thought he contributed. Sometimes players, if they don’t see it on the scoresheet, sometimes they don’t think they had an impact on the game. But I thought he had a positive impact on the game.’’
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