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

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) makes a save on a shot by Philadelphia Flyers during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop suffered a non-contact knee injury during the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final on May 13 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It's unclear when he will return to the lineup.

Continue for updates.

Latest on Bishop's Playing Status

Wednesday, May 25

Head coach Jon Cooper told reporters that he "doesn't anticipate" Bishop being available for Game 7 against the Penguins.

Bishop Comments on Recovery

Tuesday, May 24

Bishop told reporters he's "really encouraged" about his progress, and he added that Tuesday was the best day of his recovery but noted he's "still not there yet."

Bishop told reporters Sunday he "feels better" but is not ready to return. The goaltender added he's still hopeful he will play during the Eastern Conference Final, but he noted he will not play unless he's healthy enough to help the team. 

Bishop added that the injury to his left leg makes it "more difficult" for him to play while injured than a skater.

On May 20, Bishop said he's "getting closer" to being back to normal, per Michelle Gingras of TampaBayLightning.com.

Latest on Bishop's Practice Status

Thursday, May 19

SiriusXM NHL Network noted Bishop will participate in Thursday's session, with Joe McDonald of ESPN.com reporting Bishop skated on his own prior to practice.

Cooper Comments on Bishop's X-Rays

Friday, May 13

"Everything came back negative, so we're hoping for the best," Cooper said, per Tom Gulitti of NHL.com.

Bishop Suffers Another Devastating Playoff Injury

Bishop knows pain all too well. In June 2015, he suffered a torn groin against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. He played Games 3 and 5 but missed Game 4.

Tampa's netminder broke out during the 2013-14 season, when he appeared in a career-high 63 games and posted a 37-14-7 record with a .924 save percentage and 2.23 goals-against average. The strong campaign pushed Bishop to a third-place finish in Vezina Trophy voting.

Last season, Bishop went 40-13-5 with a .916 save percentage and 2.32 goals-against average. This season, he was 35-21-4 with a .926 save percentage and league-leading 2.06 goals-against average, which helped him earn Vezina Trophy finalist honors.

Andrei Vasilevskiy has been solid in Bishop's absence, but the team could use its starting goaltender back in the crease as it looks to avoid elimination in the next few games.

All stats courtesy of Hockey-Reference.com.


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