Lightning likely to recall a goaltender from Syracuse

The Tampa Bay Lightning may be calling Syracuse for a goaltender on Tuesday.

Ben Bishop suffered a lower body injury late in the first period Monday against Pittsburgh.

Jon Cooper wasn’t sure exactly when the injury occurred, but there was a span in the final 90 seconds where the Penguins directed several shots at Bishop.

As Steve Downie was whistled for a tripping minor, Bishop was seen getting up quite slowly.

Bishop allowed a goal on five shots before being replaced by Evgeni Nabokov.

Nabokov finished with 18 saves in the 4-2 loss to the Penguins.

“Well we play in less than 24 hours so if he pulled himself out tonight… be hard (for him) to go in less than 24 hours,” said Cooper.

Tampa Bay visits Philadelphia Tuesday and has back to back games against the Devils and Islanders on Friday and Saturday.

“It happened late (in the first). He said he couldn’t go,” Cooper said. “Its tough, he’s a big part of our team.”

Bishop entered Monday night’s game with a 16-6-2 record to go along a 2.34 goals against average.

Andrei Vasilevskiy and Kristers Gudlevskis are the two goaltenders on the Syracuse Crunch roster.

Vasilevskiy is 8-3-3 with a 2.34 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage to go along with two shutouts. He was named the AHL’s Player of the Week on Monday.

Gudlevskis meanwhile is 8-4-0 with a 3.03 G.A.A. and an .898 save percentage.

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