The injuries taking place in the first period might be in a good indication of how the night was going to go for Tampa Bay and Washington (not playing each other).
Just 1:43 into the game, Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop makes an aggressive, risky play by diving way outside his crease to take away the puck from the on-rushing Senator, Mika Zibanejad. Close behind Zibanejad Tampa's Nikita Kucherov. With Bishop in a prone position, there was nothing Kucherov could do except to try to avoid hitting his goaltender, resulting in his skate-boot making contact with the back of Bishop's head. He did skate off under his own power but he did not look well doing it.
Anders Lindback replaced Bishop and the Lightning lost to Sens, 5-3. It should also be noted Valtteri Filppula left the game in the second period after taking a hit from Eric Gryba.
With Steven Stamkos out of the lineup, Bishop has emerged as the team's MVP, and dare we say, a top contender for the Vezina trophy. He has a 26-7-4 record with a 0.933 SV% and 1.99 GAA. Hopefully he can get back to the ice soon.
And then we have the fragile Mike Green...
Because he is Mike Green the way he sustained the injury is kind of odd. At first it looks like his leg/knee/groin might be injured until he hits the boards. With his face against the glass, Green receives an additional bump from Columbus's Boone Jenner. (I'd be hard-pressed to believe any supplementary discipline for Jenner will come of this hit.)
Green skated off the ice, sat on the bench for a minute and then went back to the locker room. He did not return to the game. The Capitals ended up losing 5-2.
By Mike Green-standards, he was having a relatively healthy season playing in 51 of 54 games for the Capitals. Like Bishop, hopefully this isn't serious and he'll be back for Washington's next game.
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