This is most definitely not good news for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Just over 4 minutes into the first period against the Edmonton Oilers, Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop was facing a shot when something went horribly wrong.
It would seem as if he got tied up while attempting to make the save, and it looked as if he may have tweaked something in his hand or wrist. Bishop would skate to the bench to speak to Head Athletic Trainer Tom Mulligan. After a short exchange between the two, Bishop would head to speak to Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper. As one can assume, this is usually not a good thing.
Eventually, it was determined that Bishop required additional evaluation and was taken to the locker room. Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback would take Bishop’s position in the net.
During the second period, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced via Twitter that Bishop would not return to tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers. They are not giving away any specifics in regard to his actual injury or the severity of said injury. They would simply say that Bishop sustained an Upper Body Injury.
Update on goaltender Ben Bishop: He will not return to game due to upper body injury. Will be re-evaluated tomorrow in Winnipeg.
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) January 6, 2014
The good news is that the team did say that Bishop would be reevaluated when the team travels to Winnipeg tomorrow to prepare for their game with the Winnipeg Jets.
One would hope that because they have chosen to reevaluate him so soon means that the severity of his injury is not too great. Unfortunately, we will have to wait until the Lightning medical staff has an opportunity to give him another look.
Stay tuned to Bolts By The Bay as we will let you know as soon as there is any update in Bishop’s condition.