This is definitely not the start that the Tampa Bay Lightning were looking for when they walked into the Canadian Tire Centre tonight to faceoff with the Ottawa Senators. Less than two minutes into the game, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop has left the game with an injury.
It all went down at 1:49 into the first period. Ben Bishop left the net to chase down a puck. In the process, he seemed to have lost his footing and ended up face down on the ice.
At the same time, right wing Nikita Kucherov was speeding down the ice in pursuit of the puck. Unable to stop, he tried his best to hop over Bishop, but in the process ended up clipping Bishop in the head with his knee.
While Bishop was down on the ice, as one would expect, the Lightning net was left unattended. Senators defenseman Marc Methot was able to capitalize on the situation giving the Senators the early lead.
The rest of the Bolts stood there in shock for a moment as they did not realize that the net was unattended.
Bishop laid on the ice for a few moments not moving very much. Head Athletic Trainer Tom Mulligan rushed out on the ice to take a look at Bishop. After a few short moments, he was helped to his feet by Mulligan and Lightning defenseman Eric Brewer. Brewer helped Bishop off the ice, and Bishop proceeded down the tunnel to the Lightning locker room.
This definitely does not bode well for the Lightning goaltender. I am most definitely no doctor, but the look on his face spoke volumes. He looked like he really got his bell rung.
Hopefully, it is nothing serious, and Bishop will not be forced to miss any time.
We will keep you up to date as soon as any information on Bishop’s condition is made available.
Update: It was announced prior to the end of the first period that Bishop would not be returning to action tonight against the Senators.