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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper grudgingly gave up the news.

Injured goaltender Ben Bishop will not play in Game 1 of the team's Eastern Conference playoff series against Montreal, however the Lightning doesn't feel they'll be at a disadvantage with backup Anders Lindback facing a more experienced Carey Price and the Canadiens in the best of 7 series that begins Wednesday night.

Lindback won three games after Bishop was lost to elbow injury last week, keying a surge that enabled Tampa Bay to gain home-ice advantage in the first-round matchup.

The Lightning won three of four low-scoring games against Montreal during the regular season, and they expect more of the same now that the stakes are higher.

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