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Palat questionable for Game 2, Bolts don’t expect Bishop back ‘anytime soon’

Apr 17, 2014, 3:19 PM EST

Doesn’t sound like Tampa Bay is getting any positive developments on the health front.

Following a Game 1 loss to Montreal in which Ben Bishop didn’t dress and Ondrej Palat left midway due to injury, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper didn’t offer much in the way of optimism:

Palat, the team’s second-leading scorer this year and likely Calder Trophy finalist, got tangled with PK Subban during Wednesday’s 5-4 OT loss and didn’t play at all in the third period or extra session. Palat didn’t practice on Thursday, and his spot on the top line was filled by Alex Killorn.

As for Bishop, it’s becoming increasingly unlikely he’ll be able to return to the Bolts lineup this series, though Cooper didn’t rule out a possible comeback should it be extended. While the club would surely love to have Bishop available, goaltending wasn’t a major issue last night — Anders Lindback did surrended five goals, but also was the busier of the two netminders and stopped 39 of 44 shots.

“He gave up five goals so people will say he gave up five goals but we put him in a tough spot a lot,” Cooper said, per the Tampa Tribune. “We have to be better than that, if you are going to go there and say that Lindback cost us the game, don’t.”

  1. ctcork - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Staying optimistic. We played dreadful defense and missed assignments on multiple occassions yesterday. They threw 44 shots at Lindback and we lost a Calder candidate. Despite all of that they needed overtime to beat us. We can pull this thing out or at least extend the series until we get Bish and Palat back if we minimize mistakes in our end and take care of the puck.

    Looking forward to game 2 – Go Bolts

    • led65 - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:51 AM

      Bishop won’t be back for this series. He has a dislocated elbow, notice they finally admitted it was an elbow injury up above, and that is from my buddy who is one of the team doctor’s sons. When the injury happened the doc estimated 4 weeks to recover. It has been a week and a half. I have a feeling bishop will come back sooner than a month, but he still has another week and a half before that will happen I’m guessing. Of course tb isn’t going to come out and say what’s wrong or how long he will be out. It is all part of gamesmanship.

  2. georgejarkko - Apr 17, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    In the Bolts’s case, I don’t think home ice is an advantage.

  3. joey4id - Apr 17, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    The task of beating the Habs with Bishop would have been difficult, without him and the inexperienced team ahead of him TB is doomed.

    • led65 - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:48 AM

      They aren’t doomed. Montreal barely got passed them. It is one game no big deal. Sure they are less likely to beat Montreal without bishop, but they have a decent chance. Plus you said they would have had a difficult time winning with bishop and that isn’t true. They would have win the series 7 out of 10 times with bish in there. Montreal is good but they aren’t the bruins and they aren’t better than the lightning. Imagine Tampa’s record had stammer not been hurt or bish wouldn’t have been banged up since before the Olympics. They are clearly the better tram even with all of their adversity.

      • billiam55 - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        montreal outplayed tampa for most of the game. wat are you talking about? i dont expect tampa to get of this series with all the youngsters but thats good bc it builds their playoff experience and theyll come out harder next year. adding to the fact bishop is out to.

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