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Lightning goalie Bishop leaves game after blow to head

Lightning star goaltender Ben Bishop, who has been talked about in terms of a potential league MVP, left Thursday's game with the Senators 1:49 into the first period after he was inadvertently kicked in the back of the head by teammate Nikita Kucherov's foot.

Bishop (26-7-4), who entered the game fourth in the league with a 1.99 goals-against average and second with a .933 save percentage, dove to his left to try to knock a puck away from Ottawa's Mika Zibanejad.

Bishop got to the puck with his stick, but Kucherov, who was trailing the play, could not jump over Bishop and caught Bishop with a foot in the back of the head. Play continued with Bishop down and Ottawa defenseman Marc Methot scored for a 1-0 lead.

Bishop stayed down for several minutes and was attended to by head athletic trainer Tommy Mulligan before leaving the ice and being replaced by Anders Lindback.

Update: Bishop said the only lingering effect from being inadvertently kicked in the head by Kucherov was a "bit of a headache."

Bishop, who spent several minutes on the ice before being replaced by Lindback, is not even ruling out practicing Friday in Montreal.

"No dizziness," Bishop said. "I just felt real weak after I got hit. It's one of those things. You're not expecting to get hit in the back of the head. But as the game went on, I felt better.

"Hopefully, I wake up (Friday) and feel good and am able to practice."

Less enthusiastic about his prospects was center Valtteri Filppula, who left early in the second period with what appeared to be a left hip injury after a collision with Ottawa defenseman Eric Gryba.

"I've been better," said the 19-goal scorer, who skated one more shift before calling it a night.

Lightning goalie Bishop leaves game after blow to head 01/30/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 31, 2014 12:48am]

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