Lightning goalie Ben Bishop out for Game 1 against Canadiens

Tuesday April 15th, 2014

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop rolls on the ice after injuring his shoulder against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 8, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop rolls on the ice after injuring his shoulder last week. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop will not play in Game 1 of Tampa Bay's opening-round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens because of an elbow injury, coach Jon Cooper said Tuesday.

The Lightning will go with backup Anders Lindback, who had a record of 8-12-2 in the regular season, with a less-than-stellar save percentage of .891.

However, Lindback did win three games last week after Bishop was lost to the injury, helping Tampa Bay gain home-ice advantage in the series. The Lightning won three of four games against Montreal during the regular season.

Bishop, a Vezina Trophy contender as the NHL’s top goaltender, had a 37-14-7 record with a 2.37 goals-against average, a .924 save percentage and five shutouts this season.

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