Lightning’s Ben Bishop leaves on stretcher in Game 1 of Eastern Conference Final

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop was stretchered off the ice with an apparent lower-body injury with 7:27 to play in the first period during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night.

Bishop was scrambling for position to the right of the net as Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist tried to sneak the puck in while falling to the ice. As Bishop then turned to his left to play the puck, which had since slid through the crease, he fell awkwardly and immediately favored his left leg. It wasn’t immediately clear what exactly the injury was and the only update after the game was that X-rays came back negative. No timeline for a return was given.

It was a rough first period, with Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang briefly leaving the game after taking a hit from behind from Tampa Bay winger Ryan Callahan (a play for which Callahan received a five-minute major for boarding) and Lightning center Tyler Johnson needing help leaving the ice with an apparent leg injury following a collision with Penguins winger Chris Kunitz, although Johnson returned, too, midway through the second period.

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Additionally, with less than five minutes to play in the third period, Pens defenseman Brian Dumoulin needed helped off the ice and left the game following a hard hit into the boards from Tampa winger Ondrej Palat.

The Lightning went on to win Game 1 3-1, backed by 25 saves from goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy in relief, including all 16 shots faced in a third-period Penguins’ barrage.