Lightning’s Ben Bishop leaves game with injury

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) is helped off the ice during the first period.

Goaltender Ben Bishop helped carry the Tampa Bay Lightning to their first playoff berth in three years.

Now, they’re crossing their fingers that he’ll be available when the postseason starts next week.

Bishop left Tuesday night’s 3-0 victory after reaching to make a glove save in the first period. He fell on his left wrist and rolled around in pain before a trainer helped him off the ice.

The team didn’t have a postgame update, other to say that it hopes to know more on Wednesday. The Lightning do expect to call up a goalie.

Bishop was acquired late last season and has been the team’s best player this season. His strong play helped survive the Lightning the three-month absence of Steven Stamkos with a broken leg.

He is among the candidates for the Vezina Trophy, going 37-14-7 with a 2.37 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage.

The team didn’t specify what is ailing Bishop other than to say it was an upper-body injury. He had left a Jan. 5 game with a hand or wrist injury and missed three games.

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The Lightning are still trying to wrest home-ice advantage from the Montreal Canadiens, and Bishop would give them a good counterbalance to Olympic gold-medal winner Carey Price in the first round.

Anders Lindback joined Tuesday’s game for his third appearance since Jan. 30 and stopped all 25 shots he faced. He has a 3.11 goals-against average and .884 save percentage.

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