When the Tampa Bay Lightning headed into the Canadian Tire Centre to faceoff with the Ottawa Senators tonight, they were prepared for a tough game; however, nothing could prepare them for what would happen in the opening minutes. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop was forced to leave the game with an Upper Body Injury.
It all went down at just 1:49 in the first period.
The play was coming into the Lightning defensive zone. Bishop came out of the net to chase the puck. Somewhere in the process of that, Bishop lost his footing and ended up face down on the ice.
As one would expect, other players were chasing the puck as well. Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov was pursuing the puck as fast as he could. Unable to stop in time to avoid colliding with Bishop, he attempted to hop over him.
Unfortunately for Bishop, he didn’t quite clear him. On his way over, he inadvertently clipped Bishop in the head with his knee.
Bishop was very slow to move, remaining face down on the ice for more than a few minutes. Lightning Head Athletic Trainer Tom Mulligan rushed out on the ice to evaluate Bishop.
Eventually, with the help of Mulligan and Lightning defenseman Eric Brewer, Bishop was able to make it to his feet. Brewer helped Bishop off the ice.
From there, it was down the tunnel to the Lightning locker room. Before the end of the first period, it was announced that the 6’7” Lightning goaltender would not be returning to action against the Senators.
We will keep you updated on Bishop’s situation as soon as more information becomes available.
We here at FanSided wish Ben Bishop a speedy recovery.