They always say “When it rains, it pours.” This applies in hockey as well. The Tampa Bay Lightning suffered a 4-1 loss at the at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs last night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Unfortunately, in the process they suffered something all that much worse; the loss of Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop.
At the end of the second period, the Tampa Bay Lightning found themselves down 1-0. They headed down the tunnel and back to their locker room in order to devise a plan of battle to get back on top in the third period. However, when the Bolts hit the ice for the start of the third, mysteriously it was not Ben Bishop between the pipes.
He had been replaced by backup goaltender Cedrick Desjardins in net.
Some people believed that he had been pulled because of his performance in the net. This couldn’t be further from the truth. It was later announced via Twitter that he had sustained an Upper Body Injury and that his return was doubtful.
The specifics on his injury have not been revealed by the team, only that it was an Upper Body injury. This could ultimately be a multitude of things, but I would rather not speculate on what they are and cause anyone any undue worry.
Prior to being taken out of the game, Bishop had made 21 saves on 22 shots, giving him a Save Percentage of .955.
So far this season, Bishop has suited up for 43 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning. In that time, he has gone 27-8-4 with a GAA of 1.97 and a Save Percentage of .933.
We will keep you up to date on Bishop’s status as more information becomes available.