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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lightning's Ben Bishop confirmed to have dislocated elbow

By on 4/23/2014 01:50:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning's revelation in net this season, Ben Bishop, was confirmed to have a dislocated elbow by Darren Dreger of TSN. The confirmation came at the most unfortunate time as it followed the Lightning's elimination from the playoffs after getting swept by the Montreal Canadians.

A true testament to his goal-tending ability, "Big Ben" Bishop appeared to suffer this upper-body during a diving glove-hand catch on April 8th against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Bishop has missed seven games, including the entirety of the playoffs, since suffering the upper-body injury. To further throw salt in the wounds of Lightning fans, it appears as if he was gearing up for a return had the Lightning managed to push the Habs to a Game 5 or Game 6. He looks to start in net again for the Lightning next season on the final year of his two-year contract.  

A former third-round draft pick, Ben Bishop has recently begun to make a name for himself as the starting goaltender for the Lightning. Bishop posted a stellar season which consisted of a 2.23 GAA, .924 save percentage, and an impressive five shutouts. All of which was good for a record of  37-14-7, the fourth best during the 2013-14 season.

Although their playoff elimination seems to be a product of multiple variables; with stats like those, it seems hard to believe that his presence in net wouldn't have made a difference in the series against the Canadians.

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