Ben Bishop not ruled out for Game 2 after 'scary situation' (w/video)
Lightning goalie Ben Bishop walked to the podium Sunday afternoon with no noticeable limp, no brace.
Coach Jon Cooper said the Vezina Trophy finalist isn't ruled out for Monday's Game 2 against the Penguins.
It's incredible considering how awful it looked Friday night, when Bishop had to be carted off the ice with a stretcher, feeling like a bone was sticking out of his left lower leg.
"It was just a scary experience," Bishop said. "I felt something I've never felt before, pain everywhere. Your mind starts racing, you start thinking the worst. I'm thinking my leg is broken, mind starts spinning. I was really scared. Defenitely one of the scarier things to happen to me.
"You're thinking your season is over, your summer is over, how long is it going to take you to get back. It's funny how much stuff you think about in a short period of time. Luckily it's not that bad.'
Bishop, hurt on an awkward fall in his crease with seven minutes left in the first period, immediately felt "pressure and pain." But he was encouraged after Friday x-rays were negative, even more so when Saturday's MRI revealed nothing serious. The pain has slowly started to subside, but it still seems unlikely he'll play Monday. Bishop said he's stepped on the ice once briefly with his skates to see how it felt.
"It's not too painful right now," Bishop said. "But going out and playing hockey is different than just walking around."
Bishop said his phone "blew up" with messages after the injury. He wanted to thank everyone who reached out, offered prayers. Appreciate that."