Updates from Tuesday, April 29
Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune provides the latest on Ben Bishop's surgery and recovery:
#tblightning announce G Ben Bishop underwent successful surgery on his right wrist, expected to need 3-4 months to recover (1/2)— Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) April 29, 2014
(2/2) surgery was performed at the Cleveland Clinic. Bishop is expected to be recovered and ready for the start of training camp in Sept.— Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) April 29, 2014
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:
Ben Bishop will undergo surgery on his right wrist to fix a torn ligament next week #Tblightning— Michelle Gingras (@michellegingras) April 24, 2014
Missy Zielinski of the Lightning added more context:
Bishop will undergo surgery on his right wrist for a torn ligament most likely next week. Said he wore a cast on it second half of year.— Missy Zielinski (@Missy_Zielinski) April 24, 2014
Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times added more detail:
After Bishop suffered dislocated elbow April 8, he said Stamkos gave him a hug and Bishop came close to crying, knowing he'd miss playoffs— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) April 24, 2014
Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times also provided a timeline for recovery:
Bishop said he will be in a cast 6 weeks after surgery. Total rehab is 3-4 months. Said he is confident he will be 100 percent for camp.— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) April 24, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, April 22
TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie confirms Ben Bishop has returned to practice:
For the first time in this playoffs, Ben Bishop is on the ice at practice. #lightning— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) April 22, 2014
Despite that, Chris Johnston of Rogers Sportsnet reports that the goalie will be out for Game 4:
Jon Cooper says there's "no chance" Ben Bishop plays tonight.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 22, 2014
Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times had more on Bishop:
Cooper called it "encouraging" Bishop skated this morning. Sounded as if series would have to get to Game 6 for him to play.— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) April 22, 2014
TSN's Darren Dreger reports some long-awaited specifics on Bishop's injury:
Bishop suffered a dislocated elbow which sidelined him in round one. Said he was hoping for game 5 or 6. #TSN— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) April 23, 2014
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:
Lindback leaves the ice first. Will go in Game 3 vs. Canadiens.— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) April 20, 2014
Updates from Thursday, April 17
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):
Palat a game-time decision, Cooper said, and added not to expect to see Bishop (elbow) "any time soon."— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) April 17, 2014
Cooper qualified his Bishop statement, saying possible he could play if the series is extended which is what he said before series began.— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) April 17, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, April 16
Missy Zielinski of Lightning.NHL.com confirms Ben Bishop is participating in drills this morning:
INJURY UPDATE: Ben Bishop is on the ice with medical staff, not in full pads, but doing drills. #TBLightning— Missy Zielinski (@Missy_Zielinski) April 16, 2014
Richard Labbe of La Presse is also reporting that Bishop has a brace on his elbow:
Just saw B.Bishop leave the arena here in Tampa; had a brace on left elbow. #Lightning— Richard Labbé (@Richardlabbe) April 16, 2014
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:
No Bishop for Game 1 for Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens.— Chris Stevenson (@CJ_Stevenson) April 15, 2014
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:
Jon Cooper says Ben Bishop won't play Tampa's next game. After that? "There's no sense in speculating...We'll see how he is."— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) April 9, 2014
Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times had more on Bishop's injury:
Bishop's MRI apparently did not show any structural damage, Cooper said. That said, Bishop will not play the rest of the regular season.— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) April 9, 2014
Cooper did not rule out Bishop being available for the first round of the playoffs "at some point." He said the next 5 or 6 days will tell.— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) April 9, 2014
Cooper was very, very cautious in describing where Bishop is at. Doesn't sound as if the Lightning really knows when he might be available.— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) April 9, 2014
Kristers Gudlevskis being called up from AHL Syracuse, Cooper said.— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) April 9, 2014
Bishop's agent briefly commented on the injury via Cristodero:
Ben Bishop's agent says his client has an elbow injury. Agent said he has no other details.— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) April 10, 2014
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:
Bishop down on the ice after landing awkwardly on his side after going after a high puck.— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) April 8, 2014
Bishop out with body injury. Left side. Lindback in for TBL— Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) April 8, 2014
Missy Zielinski of NHL.com confirmed he was out for the remainder of the game:
Ben Bishop will not return tonight with an upper body injury. #TBLightning— Missy Zielinski (@Missy_Zielinski) April 9, 2014
There wasn't much new information to report after the game according to Joe Smith of TampaBay.com:
#tblightning coach Jon Cooper had no specific update on bishop. Said will wait and see.— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) April 9, 2014
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:
Ben Bishop is the No. 1 reason the #TBLightning are a playoff team. Tough to see him go off injured a week before the playoffs.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 8, 2014
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.