Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop is unlikely to play during Friday’s Game 4 contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Tampa. He’s still laid up with a lower-body injury after being stretchered off the ice in Game 1.
Bolts coach Jon Cooper told the media Thursday that Bishop is “in that doubtful range,” putting a positive spin on it by noting, “That’s better than being out.” Indeed it is.
Bishop wasn’t a full participant in Thursday’s practice. He partook in some drills and then spent the rest of the skate watching his teammates.
Bishop on if he feels 100%: "Still not there yet, but we're getting there." #TBLightning
— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) May 19, 2016
The Lightning enter Game 4 with a 2-1 series deficit to the Pens.
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