Cooper on replacing Bishop: ‘That is asinine to me’

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With Ben Bishop allowing five goals in each of his last two starts for the first time since March 2011, Bolts’ head coach Jon Cooper was asked on Saturday whether he’d consider a change in goal ahead of Game 5 Sunday night in New York.

“I understand your question,” Cooper said of a potential change in goal. “For someone to sit here and say, are we changing (in) goal? That is asinine to me.”

Bishop has 5.00 G.A.A. and an .807 save percentage as the Lightning split a pair of games on home ice.

“You never like to give up five goals in back-to-back games, but the best part is we’ve got another game,” said Bishop following Friday’s 5-1 loss.

The 28-year-old has a 3.50 G.A.A. and an .882 save percentage through the first four games of the series.

“He’s a great goaltender and we lean on him a lot, and we expect him to be better as we expect our team to play better,” said defenseman Braydon Coburn.

Added Jason Garrison: “I think he’s probably not happy about that, and I don’t think any of his teammates are really, so collectively as a team we’ve got to make sure that doesn’t happen. You can’t win in the playoffs very much letting those kind of goals up.”

Game 5 goes Sunday night at MSG. Puck drop is at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.