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Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop is either good to go, or he isn’t

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And now starting in goal for the Tampa Bay LightningMarcel Marceau.

Goaltender Ben Bishop, who is either hurt or he is not, who is either in agony or feeling waves of pleasure, met with the media Monday morning. He was happy to be there. Or not.

The Tampa Bay Lightning continued to play it coy with Bishop’s availability for tonight’s Game Three. Bishop had to leave the ice twice in the third period of Saturday night’s game, then skipped the post-game press conference. Since then, the Lightning has has refused to answer if Bishop or backup goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy will be in goal against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Question:  Without going into specifics, can you tell us if it was an injury or illness in Game 2?

Bishop: “Not going to be much help to you guys right now.  I’m not going to comment on that.”

Question:  Do you feel well enough to play tonight?

Bishop:  “We’ll see.”

Question:  Ben, when you’re a goalie trying to play through whatever, it’s a little bit different than a player maybe, you’re the last line of defense.  Talk about the decision you have to make about making sure you’re good enough given how important the position is.

Bishop:  “Yeah, that’s important.  Yeah, it is.”

Question:  The fact is, you got to prepare yourself mentally with this thing. 

Bishop: “I mean, you start preparing the whole time.  You don’t really stop preparing.  Even on days off, you’re still prepared.  It’s one of those things you’ll be ready no matter what.

“I feel like Marshawn Lynch right now. ”(laughter).

Question: Do you have a timetable?  Will you know by a certain time today whether or not you’re going to be able to go?

Bishop:  “Yeah.’

Question:  Do you know now whether or not you’re going to go?

Bishop:  “No comment.”

And that was it. Sixty-seven words of wisdom.

In other words, if Bishop gives up goals the way he gives up information, then the Lightning are in good shape.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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