The Tampa Bay Lightning have been dominant in the postseason, but a large chunk of their success has come due to the strong performance of starting netminder (and Vezina finalist) Ben Bishop.
That makes a grisly looking left leg injury less than ideal for the big goaltender just ten minutes into the game between the Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night.
Bishop was taken off the ice on a stretcher after seemingly injuring his left leg (potentially his knee) midway through the first period of the Eastern Conference finals, which took place Friday night in Pittsburgh at the CONSOL Energy Center. The goaltender was unable to get up on his own and looked to be in immense pain, hence the stretcher:
During his ten games so far in the Eastern Conference playoffs, Bishop has recorded a phenomenal .938 save percentage in all situations, including two shutouts to clinch both the first and second round series for his team and an 8-2 record in the process. If he’s out for the remainder of the series, the Lightning – who have found themselves taking the fastest path through the postseason thus far – could see their Stanley Cup run made considerably more difficult.
At the moment, no updates have been given on Bishop’s condition.