Prior to the start of the Eastern Conference Final, many people made the joke about it being Friday the 13th. Jon Cooper and the rest of the Tampa Bay Lightning might want to have an intermission exorcism before finishing the game.
It started with Ben Bishop.
The goaltender misplayed the puck in the trapezoid. When he went to get back in his net, he appeared to get his right skate caught as he attempted to get back into position. His full body weight went on to his left leg.
He immediately dropped to the ice and writhed in pain.
On the NBCSN feed, he was captured by the goal camera screaming “OH S—” each time the trainer touched him. The brief shots of his face showed he was in agony.
Bishop was stretchered off the ice. There have been conflicting reports as to if he was taken to a hospital or not. According to Rene Lavoie of TVA Sports, he appears to still be at Consol.
#lightning Ben Bishop didn’t leave in ambulance and is still in the arena. #tvasports
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) May 14, 2016
Andrei Vasilevskiy replaced Bishop in net.
The Lightning have not made any official announcement, but it’s safe to say Bishop is out. Third string goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis was dressed and on the bench before the midway point of the second period.
This isn’t the first time Bishop has been injured in the playoffs. Last year, he was playing with a torn groin that forced him to miss Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, but gutted it out the rest of the way.
Needless to say, not having Bishop is a huge loss for Tampa. He was nominated for the Vezina this year, and appeared to be pegged as the difference maker in the series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
We’ll update the site as soon as more information becomes available.