Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop left the game against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday at 1:49 of the first period after he was struck on the back of the head by teammate Nikita Kucherov’s skate while diving for puck.
Ben Bishop is an American professional ice hockey player did not return to the game after collision – Anders Lindback replaced Bishop. Lightning coach Jon Cooper told – he does not believe his starting goalie is seriously injured.
According to the sources – “At the beginning I didn’t feel good at all, kind of real weak,” Bishop gushed. “I kind of have my bearings now and feel good, just a little bit of a headache. I think it’s gotten better as the game has gone on, so hopefully I’ll wake up (Friday) and feel good and hopefully be able to practice.” “I felt a lot better after speaking with him after the first period,” he added.
Bishop sustained the injury when he came out of his net and dove headfirst to challenge Ottawa’s Mika Zibanejad in a race for the puck. The Senators forward came up with the puck, and Bishop was struck on the back of the head by Kucherov’s skate.
Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula also left the game on Thursday due to an apparent lower-body injury. He left the ice 29 seconds into the second following a hit by Ottawa defenseman Eric Gryba in the Senators zone. He returned for one shift six-and-a-half minutes later, but skated off shaking his head.
Ottawa Senators won the game against Tampa Bay Lightning with 5-3.