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Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop returned to the ice last week for the first time after rehabbing a high ankle and shin sprain that he suffered in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jason Kidd Suns Jersey .Bishop, 29, told hes feeling better and is preparing to represent Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey this September in Toronto.Bishop, who was a Vezina Trophy finalist last season, helped lead the Lightning back to the conference finals, but he suffered a left-leg injury and missed the remainder of that series, which Pittsburgh won in seven games before going on to beat the San Jose Sharks in the Stanley Cup finals.Bishops backup, Andrei Vasilevskiy, was solid the rest of the way and proved he could play at that level. Bishop has one year and $5.95 million remaining on his contract. Hes set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2017. Meanwhile, Vasilevskiy, 21, agreed this offseason to a three-year contract extension that will pay him an average of $3.5 million annually.At this point, Bishop is focused on his health, the World Cup and being ready for the 2016-17 NHL season. The Denver native did not discuss rumors about his status with the Lightning -- there has been talk he would be traded to free up cap space, especially given Vasilevskiys play in the playoffs -- but he did talk about captain Steven Stamkos re-signing with Tampa for eight First, earlier in the week you revealed your Team USA mask for the World Cup of Hockey. Tell me about the mask.Ben Bishop: It turned out really well. DaveArt [David Gunnarsson] actually does it over in Sweden and weve had this glow-in-the-dark theme going [with Lightning mask] the last few years, so we might as well stick with it and it turned out really How long did it take?Bishop: He can do it pretty quick, but there was no rush with this one just because we had time. He can do it in a couple of weeks if you really need him How did you come up with the design idea?Ben Bishop: We usually just email back and forth but hes the artist, so I let his mind do most of the How is your leg injury and where are you with your offseason workouts?Ben Bishop: Its going good. The leg is feeling better and its getting stronger every day. Im getting ready to start skating soon ... and get back on the ice and doing that side of things. We have about a month until we go, so Ill start off slow and pick it up in the next month and be ready for training camp for the World Now that youre focused on your preparation for the World Cup, what does this opportunity mean to you?Ben Bishop: Its a great opportunity. Obviously, its not new but its a little bit newer with the World Cup coming back and I think everybody is excited that its going to be on ESPN. Its a whole different feel to it; its not another NHL season, or the Olympics, its a brand new thing coming out again and I think everybody is excited. Everybodys going to be fresh, its going to be good hockey and its in a great market in Toronto. There are so many good things coming out of it and Im excited to be a part of At least on paper, Team USA already has an identity, so going into a tournament like the World Cup, what do you think of the teams chances?Ben Bishop: We obviously have a great roster. When you look around, they did a pretty cool thing with Team Europe and Team North America, and that will add much more excitement to the tournament. Every team is going to be stacked and good and I dont think theres going to be any bad games out there, so its going to be fun. Its going to be great for the fans. Its going to be exciting hockey. Its at the beginning of the year, so everybodys fresh and ready to go. Its going to be high-tempo and Im just looking forward to being a part of Stamkos re-signed with Tampa for eight years, so what does that mean for his teammates and the organization?Ben Bishop: Its exciting. Hes worked his butt off ever since he got to Tampa. Hes been the face of that franchise since he got there and hes rode through some of the tough times, and hes been through some of the high times. Hes our captain and Im really glad that they were able to get something worked out. Hes able to come back and hopefully be able to maybe retire a Lightning. Hes done a lot for that organization and its nice to see him stick with In todays era, there arent many players who play with one organization for their entire career. So what do you think of Stamkos having that opportunity in Tampa?Ben Bishop: I think its great. Its kind of a give-and-take thing. You look at Stammer, maybe he took a little less money to stay there and he likes the organization, he likes everything about Tampa. Both sides have to be willing to work towards something like that to happen, but I think its really cool. You look at Shane Doan in Phoenix and how many years hes been there, its just nice to see guys stick with it. You have to have both sides working for the same goal and obviously theyre both tremendous players. I mean, who doesnt want to have Steven Stamkos on your team? Im just glad hes on What has your offseason been like?Ben Bishop: Im getting better, training and working out. Ive been doing some physical therapy, just getting healthy again. Im at that age where theres lots of weddings, so it seems like theres a wedding every weekend that youve got to go to, but its fun. Its fun to relax a little bit and see some family. Like I said, Im going to start skating and turn it back up a notch and get ready for the World Cup. Devin Booker Suns Jersey . 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He had his captain Kane Williamson, who made 61 off 77 balls, for company for most of the chase of 105 and hit the winning runs shortly after lunch to seal a 1-0 lead in the series.Raval finished unbeaten on 36 to go with his first-innings 55, the highest score of the Test. New Zealands other debutant, Colin de Grandhomme, was Man of the Match for taking seven wickets in the Test; his 6 for 41 in the first innings was a New Zealand record on debut.What could have been a tricky chase had New Zealand lost early wickets on the fourth morning turned into a cruise as Raval and Williamson added 85 for the second wicket. Once the new ball had been dealt with, both batsmen were able to play shots, though Raval remained cautious while Williamson was more attacking. While runs had been difficult to come by on the second and third days, the pitch had eased out considerably on the fourth, with little seam, swing or spin on offer.Williamson played firm cuts and delicate, late dabs before falling when the scores were level. Raval hit the winning runs by pulling Yasir Shah to the midwicket boundary as New Zealand ended a four-match losing streak. YYasir ended the match with figures of 0 for 61; his first wicketless Test after taking 116 in 19 matches. Phoenix Suns Jersey. That the match went into the second session was due to some adventurous lower-order batting from Pakistan in the first hour. Sohail Khan, who has only one half-century in 115 first-class innings, had begun throwing his bat around on the third evening, and he continued to do so first thing this morning by taking seven off the first two balls. When there was width, Sohail slashed, and when it was full, he drove, contributing 40 to an eighth-wicket stand of 53 with Asad Shafiq.He was eventually caught pulling to backward square leg in the seventh over of the day, after Pakistan had added 29.Shafiq, on 8, had survived a caught behind appeal while attempting an expansive drive off Neil Wagner. Though the appeal wasnt spontaneous, there was a sound as the ball passed the bat, but New Zealand couldnt refer the decision because they had no reviews left.After Sohails dismissal, Shafiq took his chances to get as many runs as possible and did not shield the tail. He was out pulling to Raval, who ran in from deep midwicket and dived forward to take the catch just before the ball hit the turf.Rahat was the last man dismissed when he tamely lobbed a catch to short leg. Wagner, who had become the second-fastest New Zealand bowler to 100 Test wickets, finished with 3 for 34. 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