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Lightning’s Ben Bishop has two front teeth knocked out after puck to the mask

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Peter Holland did some impromptu dental work for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop on Tuesday night.
via Sportsnet/YouTube

via Sportsnet/YouTube

No goaltender has the perfect career, and Ben Bishop is no different. Over the course of his time in the NHL, Bishop has lost his share of shutouts, games and series. That said, he lost something unexpected Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs: his two front teeth.

In the second period of the Lightning’s matchup against the Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay turned the puck over at their own blueline resulting in a decent scoring opportunity for Toronto winger Peter Holland. As Holland drove towards the net, he pulled the puck towards his body and used Lightning defenseman Andrej Sustr as a screen. Holland used the screen and wired a puck high, catching Bishop on the chin of his mask. 

Right after Bishop took the shot to the face, there was immediate concern as he clutched at his face and fell to the ice. Play was blown dead almost instantly after Bishop fell forward and by the time training staff had reached Bishop, it was clear he had himself a new smile:

That’s quite the look for the Lightning netminder, and it’s good to see Bishop able to shake off what initially looked like a potentially scary injury. Let it never be said that Bishop isn’t tough, either, because while most players would have exited the contest for the remainder of the frame, Bishop hung tough and finished up the second period.

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