Lightning mum on Ben Bishop's status ahead of Game 3

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Jun 6, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) is grabbed by Tampa Bay Lightning right wing J.T. Brown (23) and center Brian Boyle (11) after a collision with goalie Ben Bishop (30) in the first period in game two of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 6, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) is grabbed by Tampa Bay Lightning right wing J.T. Brown (23) and center Brian Boyle (11) after a collision with goalie Ben Bishop (30) in the first period in game two of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

What’s the deal with Tampa goaltender Ben Bishop? We still don’t know as to why he left Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, returned, then left again.

Tampa coach Jon Cooper gave reporters a little history lesson when asked about the Lightning’s goaltending situation.

"In honor of the 11-year anniversary of our first Stanley Cup how would John Tortorella answer that?" the Coop said.

Brooksy probably knows!

He also added that Bishop would probably be available, but would know more Monday morning before Game 3 at United Center.

Sweet, more media misdirection by NHL teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs! Rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy finished the job in Game 2, stopped five of five shots on goal – and looked pretty incredible in doing so in Tampa's 4-3 win that knotted the series at 1-1.

What does this mean for Bishop moving forward and the rest of the series? Will Cooper really go with the 20-year-old Russian?

Not even the players know who is going to start in goal for Game 3. Well, they probably do but hey, they have a sense of humor.

"We're not sure. If we were we probably wouldn't even tell you anyway," captain Steven Stamkos said.

"As long as they don't need me to backup it doesn't change anything," defenseman Braydon Coburn said.

Yup, that about sums it up. Yay for Stanley Cup mind games!

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