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Lindback ready to fill in for Bishop, as long as necessary

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The Lightning are being very careful in revealing too much about the extent of Ben Bishop's injury, only announcing that he's out for the remaining three regular-season games.

"We are better off reevaluating this early next week," said coach Jon Cooper.

Bishop's pads sat in front of his locker Wednesday while the Lightning practiced for the playoffs without him. For Bishop, this is a time to heal. For his team, it's time to embrace Anders Lindback, who boosted his confidence with a 3-0 shutout in relief.

"I look at it as a huge opportunity," said Lindback. "The Stanley Cup playoffs is what you've dreamed about when you were a kid. That's what you've worked so hard to get to and it comes down to just that I've got to accept that I can only do my best and be as ready as I can."

Losing a player that's looked at as the guy that got the Lightning to the playoffs could be a shock to the system for most NHL teams. But the Lightning have had a season filled with adversity and to them this is just another bump in the road.

"I did not expect that we were going to go through a 'cobblestoned street' this whole year," said Cooper. "It was doom and gloom when Steven Stamkos went down.... the boys rallied around that. We rallied around instances when Ben Bishop has been hurt in the past."

Lindback's win over Toronto was his first in three months and just his sixth start during that time. Still, there is a strong belief in the guy they call Lindy.

"He's a guy to cheer for," added Cooper. "It all starts because of his work habit and I think because of the character he has. You tip your hat to the Lindbacks because they raised a great kid."

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