Bishop left Game One of the Eastern Conference Final after he fell awkwardly scrambling to get back in his crease. He was hauled out of the Consol Energy Center on a stretcher and Andrei Vasilevskiy was tasked in relief.
“I feel really bad saying all this, but everyone’s indefinite until they’re told they can play,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “Everything’s been really good so far on Ben, much better news than the scene we saw what happened when he was carted off. As far as his playing status, I have no answer or no update for that yet.”
The Vezina Trophy finalist has been very good for the Blues this post-season, with an 8-2 record and a 1.86 goals against average. He has two shutouts and a .939 save percentage.
In the regular season, the 29-year-old from Denver posted a 2.06 goals against average with a .926 save percentage. He had six shutouts.
Vasilevskiy made 25 saves in his team’s 3-1 win in Game One against the Pittsburgh Penguins and it looks like he’ll be leaned on for a while. He’s played 77 minutes in these playoffs and has a 0.78 goals against average with a .971 save percentage. He has six games of playoff experience in his career, with a 2.21 career goals against average in the post-season.
In the regular season, the 21-year-old from Tyumen started 21 games and posted a 2.76 goals against average with a .910 save percentage. He had a shutout.
“Nobody wanted to see his happen to Ben at all, but there was a calm among everybody that, ‘Hey, we can do this,’” Cooper said. “There’s complete confidence in Vasilevskiy in the sense that I think the guys weren’t wavering. If there was a concern, it was about Ben’s health. It was never about, ‘Oh my gosh, this game’s in doubt.’ I think that’s a big reason why we pushed forward where we are right now.”
Game Two of the series between the Lightning and Penguins goes Monday night.