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Lightning hold their breath as Bishop (upper body) won’t return

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TAMPA, FL - MARCH 8: Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates during a break in the action against the Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Times Forum on March 8, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Iskowitz/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ben Bishop

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Update: The early murmurs aren’t optimistic, but nothing’s official other than the fact that Ben Bishop isn’t expected to play on Thursday:

There’s some good early news for the Tampa Bay Lightning for Ben Bishop: he was able to (eventually) leave the ice after an awkward fall during Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The bad news is that such a fact doesn’t mean that he’ll avoid missing time with his injury.

Generally, it’s not a good sign when even your team’s account describes a fall as “awkward.”

The latest update is that it’s currently labeled an upper-body injury and that he won’t return.

Multiple observers believe that the 27-year-old may have injured his shoulder.

Again, though, it’s early. Things could be better or worse than they looked. PHT will keep an eye out for updates as Lightning fans keep their fingers crossed (because if this regular season has been any indication, there’s a significant drop-off from Bishop to Anders Lindback).

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