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Ben Bishop leaves game with injury



As if the Lightning didn't already have enough injury issues.

Goale Ben Bishop left Tuesday's game with a lower body injury with eight minutes left in the first period against the Red Wings. Backup Andrei Vasilevskiy replaced him.

Bishop did not return to the game.

Bishop was in instant pain after making a right pad save on a Nick Jensen shot. Bishop was down on the ice face first for a moment, then slowly skated off to the bench, where he met with trainers. Bishop embraced Vasilevskiy before heading to the dressing room. It looked like a groin injury, but no updates have been given yet by the Lightning.

Bishop was sidelined in the Eastern Conference Final after suffering strain ligaments in his right ankle. This is the final year of his contract with the Lightning ($5.95 million cap hit), with Bishop's name often coming up in trade speculation. Bishop also had a groin injury in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

GM Steve Yzerman has said the team hasn't designated an emergency third goalie, but goalie coach Frantz Jean and PR man Brian Breseman, who played in high school and for East Carolina University's club team.

If Bishop is out for at least a game, the Lightning would likely recall Adam Wilcox or Kristers Gudlevskis from AHL Syracuse to back up Vasilevskiy.



[Last modified: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 8:54pm]


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