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Bolts lose Bishop for remainder of regular season, playoffs uncertain

Apr 9, 2014, 2:32 PM EDT

Wednesday was a good news, bad news day for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

On the good news front, the MRI on starting goalie Ben Bishop‘s left wrist/arm revealed no structural damage.

On the bad news front, the club doesn’t appear to know just how severe the injury is — but knows it’s serious enough to sideline Bishop for the remainder of the regular season. Head coach Jon Cooper confirmed the team will be shutting Bishop down and, in a related move, the Bolts called up Kristers Gudlevskis from AHL Syracuse today to serve as a backup to Anders Lindback.

To get a sense of where the Lightning are with the injury, a few tweets:

Losing Bishop for any length of time would be devastating for the Bolts, who still have something to play for down the stretch — home-ice advantage in their first-round matchup with Montreal.

The NHL’s tallest netminder has had a Vezina-calibre season and, unlike the Steve Stamkos injury, Tampa Bay won’t be able to rely on a cast of capable, quality depth players to keep the team afloat — Lindback has been very average since coming over from Nashville two seasons ago and is 6-12-2 on the year with a 3.11 GAA and .884 save percentage.

Also, the sum total of his career playoff experience is — wait for it — thirteen minutes.

  1. bleedrangerblue - Apr 9, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    This guy is always hurt. Not good for the Bolts.

    • laxnhockey - Apr 9, 2014 at 9:59 PM

      Right, always hurt, that’s why he’s put up the numbers he has this season.

  2. ibieiniid - Apr 9, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    another shot for Lindback to prove himself. I’m surprised he hasn’t been tougher competition for the starter role. was Nashville’s defense really that good when he was there?

    • strictlythedanks - Apr 9, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      Man, if only waymond wamano and jet set could have made an appearance.

      • ibieiniid - Apr 10, 2014 at 8:08 AM

        R.I.P. Jet Set.

  3. aschwartz2011 - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    I think I’d rather give Gudlevskis a chance at catching fire then go back to Lindback who has repeatedly proven he is not capable. I hope he proves me wrong…

    • trbowman - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Cedrick Desjardins starting in net and defeating his hometown Montreal Canadiens!

      Won’t happen, but it’d be a nice storyline

  4. skr213 - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Seemed from his positioning and fall that it was obviously a dislocated shoulder. I’ve seen it happen with that exact type of fall with the arm out and above the head on a couple of occasions. I assume they got it set back in place, but that will leave you real sore for quite some time.

  5. oldtimehockey13 - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    He had one good game in Olympics. just wait till you see the soft goals he let’s in every night. Not anywhere close to NHL hockey ready.

  6. boltsfan777 - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    The comment “Losing Bishop for any length of time would be devastating for the Bolts, who still have something to play for down the stretch — home-ice advantage in their first-round matchup with Montreal” isn’t necessarily true.

    In the 2014 season series, the road team has won 3 out of 4 games played.

  7. billiam55 - Apr 9, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    without bishop theyre doomed. lindback against montreal?! yikes.

  8. joey4id - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    With or without him the difference in the first round vs Montreal is going to be goal tending. No doubt Price is the better goalie in this series.

  9. laxnhockey - Apr 9, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    As a Habs fan, I have to say in the absence of this injury, Bishop has played better than Price, has a better save % to prove it, and hasn’t had the D in front of him that Price has. As a Habs fan, I hope he is unable to play in the first round. We saw what happened last year when the Habs ran into a hot goalie in the first round.

  10. themagicfanguy - Apr 9, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    @joey No, just no. Price is good, but not as good as a healthy Bishop.

  11. 19inarow - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    How many playoff minutes has Bishop played?

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