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Palat skates at practice, game-day decision for Game 3

Apr 19, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT

Ondrej Palat AP

The Tampa Bay Lightning are down 2-0 in their first round series with the Montreal Canadiens and they’re hoping they can get key rookie forward Ondrej Palat back for Game 3.

According to Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times, Palat skated at an optional practice this morning. Palat missed Game 2 and left Game 1 early in the third period with an injury.

Lightning assistant coach Rick Bowness told NHL.com’s Arpon Basu that Palat will be a game-day decision for Game 3 much the same as he was for Game 2.

With Tampa Bay down in the series and headed to Montreal, the Lightning are in a bit of a desperate position. Getting Palat and possibly Ben Bishop back in Game 3 on Sunday night would be a major lift.

  1. pfhockey - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    We could really use Palat right now.

    • joey4id - Apr 19, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Won’t make a difference. TB could use St. Louis right now, and that may not have been enough without Bishop.

      • pfhockey - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        It would be a difference. Our team isn’t that deep, we could use every bit of depth we need to win.

      • joey4id - Apr 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        My point is with or without Palat, TB will lose the series.

      • pfhockey - Apr 19, 2014 at 7:21 PM

        Oh ok, it’s like I didn’t get it the first time. :P
        Anything can happen.

      • valoisvipers - Apr 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM

        Tampa needs Big Ben back in a hurry or it’s all over as the hole is already big enough.

  2. redwingsfan101 - Apr 19, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Bishop is the only reason the lightning are in the playoffs. If they want any chance they need him back in net quick.

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