VIDEO: Ben Bishop leaves game after hit to head while diving for puck

By Brian Stubits |

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Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop left just two minutes into Thursday night's game in Ottawa after being hit in the head by a diving teammate.

Bishop came out of his net to try and beat hard-charging Senators forward Mika Zibanejad to the puck in front of the net. Sensing he wasn't going to be Zibanejad, he dove to knock the puck away. It was then that backchecking forward Nikita Kucherov collided with Bishop, hitting him in the head.

Bishop remained face-down on the ice as the puck kicked over to Sens defenseman Marc Methot who then scored on the empty net. The celebration was muted, however, when Bishop remained down on the ice while being treated by the Tampa Bay trainers.

He was helped off the ice and replaced by Anders Lindback in the Tampa Bay net and he will not return.

It was a homecoming of sorts for Bishop, back in Ottawa where he spent some of last season before being dealt to the Lightning for Cory Conacher. That's probably not what he envisioned happening in his return.

Needless to say, if Bishop is going to miss any significant amount of time it's a massive blow for the Lightning. He has been simply stellar for them this season, being considered by most as the Vezina Trophy frontrunner at this point in the season with his 26-7-1 record and .933 save percentage.

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