Ben Bishop’s Uncertain Status Could Be Secret Boost for the Tampa Bay Lightning

June 7th, 2015 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

CHICAGO — On Sunday, Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper answered the question he pre-emptively nullified following the events of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night.

Who is your starting goaltender for Game 3—Ben Bishop, who left in the third period with an undisclosed injury, or Andrei Vasilevskiy, a 20-year-old rookie who earned the 4-3 win in relief by making five saves? 

There sat the usually loquacious Cooper at the podium Sunday evening, pausing for a moment before delivering what was probably a rehearsed answer that wasn’t any less entertaining because it was likely premeditated. 

“In honor of the 11th anniversary of our organization’s first Stanley Cup,” Cooper said, “how would John Tortorella respond to that? I’ll just leave it at that.” 

We can quickly imagine the answer, which would be in a Boston accent along the lines of: “Are you kidding? It’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final and you want me to reveal an injury of that magnitude? We’re going to go about our business and play the ...

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