The Lightning netminder had been on the ice for just under 6 minutes when the unspeakable happened. Bishop attempted to make a rather acrobatic save. Unfortunately, when he came down, he landed on his left wrist in what looked like a rather uncomfortable position.
Bishop laid on the ice for quite some time with little to no movement. The Lightning’s Head Athletic Trainer Tom Mulligan rushed out to tend to Bishop. After a few more moments, Bishop is helped to his feet and off the ice by Lightning defenseman Eric Brewer.
The official word on Bishop, courtesy of Lightning commentator Rick Peckham, is that Bishop has been deemed to have an Upper Body Injury and will not be returning to tonight’s game.
This is definitely not good news for the Lightning. Bishop and his solid goaltending has been a large part of why the Lightning have gotten as far as they have this season, and to potentially lose him so close to the start of the post season is most definitely not how Tampa Bay wants to kick off the post season.
Right now, there is no word on the severity of Bishop’s injury or time, if any, that he will need away from the ice.
We here at Bolts By The Bay certainly wish Ben Bishop a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the ice real soon. We will keep you updated on Bishop’s official status as more information is made available.
If Bishop is unable to play in the first round of the post season (hopefully this is not the case), what do you think the Lightning’s next move should be? Which goaltender would you bring up in his absence? Let us know what you think in the comments below.