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Lightning wins despite injury to goaltender Ben Bishop

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Midway through the third period, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop seemed to have things in hand.

He had stopped 24 shots by the San Jose Sharks, and he held a 4-2 lead, and he was well on his way to being one of the stars of the game.

And then it happened. Bishop was raked across the face by the stick of Tomas Hertl, the blade getting inside his mask and injuring him. The severity was not annouced, but Bishop immediately left the goal area holding his head. He left with a towel held to his face.

“It was scary in the way it happened,” said Lightning coach Jon Cooper. “He looked a little bit frantic, but I think he’s going to be okay. He has a little cut by his eye, and he wears contacts, too”

Bishop is 6-1-1 in his last eight games.

The Sharks had eight power play opportunities, four of them in the final period. They scored three times against Tampa Bay.

Nikita Kucherov scored two goals for the Lightning. Brian Boyle and Erik Condra also scored.

For the Sharks, Matt Tennyson, Joel Ward and Brent Burns scored.

The Lightning play against Los Angeles tonight.


Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit [email protected]

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