Tampa Bay Lightning starting netminder Ben Bishop left Friday night’s game midway through the first period with what looked like a left leg or knee injury – and after having to be taken off the ice on a stretcher, many feared the worst for the goaltender.
Somehow, though, things don’t seem to be as bad as initially guessed.
Per Tampa Bay Times reporter Joe Smith, Bishop – who has posted two shutouts and a .939 save percentage in all situations since starting the postseason with the Lightning – is only being listed as ‘day to day’ by the team.
Beyond that, few details were given, so it’s hard to tell exactly what’s wrong with the 6 foot 7 netminder. The team did confirm on Friday night, though, that x-rays had been taken and came back negative – so at least regarding a bone injury, it seems that certain long-term injuries can be ruled out already.
The Lightning were carried to a 3-1 win over the Penguins even without Bishop in net, as rookie netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed just one goal in his replacement performance to help his team take a 1-0 series lead over Pittsburgh. The assumption is that 21-year-old Vasilevskiy will still likely start game two for Tampa Bay, although now it seems possible that Bishop could be ready before the end of the series.
The Lightning and the Penguins will next face off on Monday at 8:00 PM EST.