Ben Bishop Injury: Updates on Lightning Goalie's Upper Body and Return

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Ben Bishop Injury: Updates on Lightning Goalie's Upper Body and Return
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Updates from Tuesday, April 29

Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune provides the latest on Ben Bishop's surgery and recovery:

Updates from Thursday, April 24

Michelle Gingras of the Tampa Bay Lightning's official site reports that Bishop is undergoing surgery for a torn ligament in his wrist:

Missy Zielinski of the Lightning added more context:

Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times added more detail:

Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times also provided a timeline for recovery:

Updates from Tuesday, April 22

TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie confirms Ben Bishop has returned to practice:

Despite that, Chris Johnston of Rogers Sportsnet reports that the goalie will be out for Game 4: 

Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times had more on Bishop:

TSN's Darren Dreger reports some long-awaited specifics on Bishop's injury:

Updates from Sunday, April 20

Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times confirms Ben Bishop will not start for the Lightning in Game 3 against the Canadiens:

Updates from Thursday, April 17

Arpon Bapsu of NHL.com has the latest on Bishop:

Injured Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop skated for a second straight day Thursday.

Bishop took to the ice with Lightning goaltending coach Frantz Jean for a little more than half an hour in full gear, a change from his session Wednesday when he didn't have his chest protector on. Bishop did not take any shots, working more on his mobility with Jean.

Bishop missed Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, replaced by Anders Lindback in a 5-4 Lightning loss in overtime.

Head coach Jon Cooper also talked about Bishop's injury (via Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times):

Updates from Wednesday, April 16

Missy Zielinski of Lightning.NHL.com confirms Ben Bishop is participating in drills this morning:

Richard Labbe of La Presse is also reporting that Bishop has a brace on his elbow:

Anders Lindback and coach Jon Cooper spoke about Bishop's abscense (via Arpon Basu of NHL.com):

"It's something you learn playing hockey; you always have to believe in yourself and believe in what you're doing," Lindback said. "Just work hard, and things will eventually turn around for you. It's just a mindset."

Cooper offered no update on Bishop's status, so it’s possible Lindback could get more than one start. Although he did finish the season strong, he is aware it means little now that the Lightning have reached the playoffs.

"Of course it helps out to have those games that I recently played," he said. "But tonight's a new game, it's a different stage. That's all my focus is on right now."

Updates from Tuesday, April 15

Chris Stevenson of Sun Media has the latest on Ben Bishop:

David Amber of Hockey Night in Canada confirms Stevenson's report:

Updates from Wednesday, April 9

Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada has an update on Ben Bishop's status:

Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times had more on Bishop's injury:

Bishop's agent briefly commented on the injury via Cristodero:

Original Text

With the 2014 NHL playoffs approaching, the last thing the Tampa Bay Lightning needed was an injury to Ben Bishop. 

Unfortunately, that's exactly what they got on Tuesday night, as the 27-year-old goalie hurt himself while diving for a loose puck in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs.     

The team's official Twitter feed shared the news, while the Toronto Star's Kevin McGran noted that he was replaced by Anders Lindback:

Missy Zielinski of NHL.com confirmed he was out for the remainder of the game:

There wasn't much new information to report after the game according to Joe Smith of TampaBay.com:

In 62 games for the Lightning this season, Bishop entered Tuesday allowing 2.23 goals per contest with a save percentage of 92.4, both of which rank in the top 10 in the league. He also had 1,622 total saves and a sparkling record of 37-14-7. 

Lindback (20 games) and Cedrick Desjardins (one game), meanwhile, have a combined record of just 5-13-2.

Coach Jon Cooper, via The Tampa Tribune's Martin Fennelly, recently talked about his confidence in "Big Ben":

"He’s been under that spotlight before, just not at this level. I have complete, 100 percent confidence in him. Every time he’s been challenged, he’s always responded."

“Bish was kind of the rock back there,” star Steven Stamkos added. 

Chris Johnston of Rogers Sportsnet further explained Bishop's importance:

The Lightning, who entered Tuesday four points behind Montreal and two points ahead of New York, have already clinched a playoff spot, so they can afford to be without Bishop for the next week. 

But once the postseason starts, they will undoubtedly need their main man back in between the pipes if they have any hope of a run at the Stanley Cup. 

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