CHICAGO -- Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop didn't need to go to official NHL interview room here today to avoid getting fined, but he utilized a now-infamous quote from the Super Bowl as a way to explain he had no information to offer about his status for Game Three in the United Center.
Bishop wouldn't tell reporters if he would play. He wouldn't say if he was injured or ill when he twice left Game Two in the third period and was replaced by Andrei Vasilevskiy. He didn't say much of anything really in the couple of minutes he sat behind the microphone
"I feel like Marshawn Lynch," Bishop said as the media howled. Lynch, of course, uttered the "I'm just here so I don't get fined" crack at the Super Bowl in February and it's now forever entered into the lexicon of bizarre sports quotes.
A smiling Bishop, however, apologized to the media when he got up to leave the room. A little different than Lynch.
Bishop came to the podium after coach Jon Cooper, who wasn't saying much either because he was in with the media rather than watch his team skate. Normally, coaches talk to reporters after their team is done. Pretty sneaky. Those who watched the players skate insist Bishop looked good and was in the net normally reserved for that night's starting goalie.
Cooper wouldn't budge.
“How many more ways are we going to ask this? I don’t know who’s starting," Cooper said as reporters asked different ways to get information.
Cooper was seen talking to Bishop and Bishop walked into the interview room and through the Tampa Bay locker room with no sign of a limp.
As for the Blackhawks, Bryan Bickell is going back into the lineup after battling a case of vertigo and rookie defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is making his postseason debut. Neither player confirmed that, nor did Chicago coach Joel Quenneville but Kris Versteeg and David Rundblad are expected to be healthy scratches.