Ben Bishop, Lightning goalie, plays through pain

He didn't always look healthy, but Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop shook off an unidentified ailment to stop 36 of 38 shots in the Lighting's win over Chicago in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.

Stops 36 of 38 shots in Game 3 win

Ben Bishop didn't always look healthy, but he played well enough to backstop Tampa Bay to a road win at Chicago. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The big talking point heading into Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final was the status of Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop, who twice exited the Lightning's Game 2 win due to a mystery ailment.

The buzz increased on game day as coach Jon Cooper vehemently refused to answer questions about his goalie, and Bishop himself appeared to be under orders to keep his mouth shut during an awkward media session.

"I feel like Marshawn Lynch," Bishop said after taking part in the morning skate, referring to the NFL running back whose reticence created controversy at this year's Super Bowl media day.

But when it came time to take the ice for Game 3 in Chicago, it was Bishop, not 20-year-old backup Andrei Vasilevskiy, leading the Lightning out and taking the crease.

Bishop played well, stopping 36 of 38 shots to help Tampa to a 3-2 win that gave it a 2-1 series lead, but he appeared to be in pain at times.

With Game 4 coming up on Wednesday, it's hard to believe that whatever is bothering Bishop will be gone. So get ready for more will-he-play-or-won't-he talk.


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