Bishop’s lower leg injury still painful but better

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop who was hurt in Game 1 against Pittsburg Penguins spoke with the media Sunday for the first time since his injury.

He said he thought his leg was broken.

“Definitely one of the scariest things ever to happen to me,” he said about his injury. “It’s still a little painful right now, but playing hockey is totally different than just walking around.”

He explained that it was intense pressure and pain from the moment of his injury but it has become less and less painful since. He said he had a lower leg injury but wouldn’t elaborate further.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning got off to a chippy start in the Eastern Conference finals. He said his MRI revealed “nothing serious” but that doesn’t mean a clean bill of health.

There were questionable hits in Tampa Bay’s 3-1 win, including a five-minute major penalty given to Lightning forward Ryan Callahan after he sent Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang headfirst into the boards. The league declined to pursue any further action against Callahan on Saturday, clearing him to play in Game 2 Monday.

The Lightning also received positive news about goalie Ben Bishop. The Vezina Trophy finalist left in the first period Friday with a left-leg injury. Coach Jon Cooper said Saturday “everything has been really good so far” but declined to say if Bishop will be available Monday.

Jonathan Drouin
Jonathan Drouin

Sunday Coach Cooper commented that Bishop was getting better, but he is still on day-to-day. The coach added that Stralman is really close to healthy.

“Looking at him in practice, he’s not favoring anything,” Cooper said. “You wouldn’t think he was hurt.”

Bolts’ captain Steven Stamkos participated in some drills Sunday taking and giving some contact.

Backup Andrei Vasilevskiy made 25 stops in Bishop’s absence.

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