By Dory LeBlanc
Jon Cooper called the injuries to Ben Bishop and Anders Lindback a "tough night for goaltenders in Ottawa" Friday night, 24 hours after the league's Top 5 goalie left the game less than two minutes in after being struck in the back of the head by teammate Nikita Kucherov's skate.
The Lightning netminder sustained the injury when he left the crease and dove headfirst to challenge Mika Zibanejad in a battle for the puck against the Senators Thursday night.
Bishop laid face first on the ice, leaving the net wide open as Marc Methot opened the scoring in Ottawa's 5-3 victory with a one-timer from wide of the left faceoff circle.
Surprisingly, it was Anders Linback, Bishop's replacement, who was off the ice for Friday's morning skate as the Tampa Bay faces Quebec Saturday at 1:00 pm.
Bishop on the ice for practice today. But Lindback is not on the ice. Apparently sustained a lower-body injury Thursday vs. Senators.— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) January 31, 2014
Cooper explained the injury situation with the Ligjtning goaltenders Friday,
"Poor Lindback," Cooper said, "He comes in and he's doing a great job for us and it's just happened a lot this year with the goalline scrambles and guys going hard to the net and get bumped into and he hurt his ankle so, he'll definitely be out. He won't suit up beofore the Olympic break."
Cooper goes to on explain the status of Bishop, but was clear that the injury was not a concussion, due to the lack of concussion-like side effects from Tampa Bay's No. 1 netminder.
Later confirmed by the team, Cooper admitted that calling up Syracuse Crunch's (AHL) was a definite possibility.
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