Published On: Mon, Aug 29th, 2016

Bishop feeling good after summer rehab, ready for World Cup test

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A leg injury sustained in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final cut Ben Bishop‘s postseason short, and the World Cup of Hockey is having the same effect on his offseason, but the Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender is ready to go.

“I feel good,” Bishop told Chuck Gormley of ESPN.

“I’ve been doing rehab all summer, and I’m stronger this summer than I was last summer going into camp as far as test results. That’s a good thing.”

Bishop will be representing Team USA in September’s tournament, beginning with an exhibition game Sept. 9 versus Team Canada in Columbus, quite a stiffer test than the exhibition games he’s used to.

“It’s going to be a little different than NHL exhibition games,” Bishop said.

“Canada-U.S.? I don’t think that’s going to be an ease-in process. Exhibition games are going to be a little more intense, especially for goalies who like to slowly get into it. My first game could be against Team Canada, but after practicing for a week and some intrasquad scrimmages, I’m sure I’ll be ready.”

Bishop will do battle with Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils and Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings to determine who mans the crease for the Stars and Stripes.

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