The Tampa Bay Lightning may be calling Syracuse for a goaltender on Tuesday.
Ben Bishop suffered a lower body injury late in the first period Monday against Pittsburgh.
Jon Cooper wasn’t sure exactly when the injury occurred, but there was a span in the final 90 seconds where the Penguins directed several shots at Bishop.
As Steve Downie was whistled for a tripping minor, Bishop was seen getting up quite slowly.
Bishop allowed a goal on five shots before being replaced by Evgeni Nabokov.
Nabokov finished with 18 saves in the 4-2 loss to the Penguins.
“Well we play in less than 24 hours so if he pulled himself out tonight… be hard (for him) to go in less than 24 hours,” said Cooper.
Tampa Bay visits Philadelphia Tuesday and has back to back games against the Devils and Islanders on Friday and Saturday.
“It happened late (in the first). He said he couldn’t go,” Cooper said. “Its tough, he’s a big part of our team.”
Bishop entered Monday night’s game with a 16-6-2 record to go along a 2.34 goals against average.
Andrei Vasilevskiy and Kristers Gudlevskis are the two goaltenders on the Syracuse Crunch roster.
Vasilevskiy is 8-3-3 with a 2.34 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage to go along with two shutouts. He was named the AHL’s Player of the Week on Monday.
Gudlevskis meanwhile is 8-4-0 with a 3.03 G.A.A. and an .898 save percentage.
With Ben Bishop, Evgeni Nabokov, Latvian Olympic hero Kristers Gudlevskis and ’12 first-rounder Andrei Vasilevski in the fold, Tampa Bay isn’t exactly a team needing more depth in goal — but that’s what the Lightning added on Tuesday, signing former Columbus netminder Allen York to an AHL deal.
The move was announced by Tampa Bay assistant GM Julien BriseBois and is reportedly of the two-way variety (in the AHL, not NHL). It could provide some stability for the 25-year-old York, who split last season between four American League clubs (Charlotte, Texas, Rockford and Syracuse) and two ECHL teams (Evansville and South Carolina).
It’s been a rocky road for York since making his NHL debut in 2011-12 with Columbus. The former R.P.I. standout actually posted quality numbers that year — in 11 games with the Jackets, he went 3-2-0 with a .919 save percentage and 2.30 GAA — but failed to latch on with the club long-term, and has bounced around ever since.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have found their No. 2 goalie for next season, agreeing to terms with veteran netminder Evgeni Nabokov on a one-year deal.
The Lightning, who didn’t qualify last year’s backup — RFA Anders Lindback, now with Dallas — will go into next year with a proven NHLer behind No. 1 Ben Bishop, allowing young prospects Kristers Gudlevskis and Andrei Vasilevski to hone their craft in AHL Syracuse.
Nabokov, who turns 39 in July, spent last year on Long Island, where he posted a 15-14-8 record with a .905 save percentage and 2.74 GAA. Though his time with the Islanders was occasionally acrimonious, “Nabby” did provide enough quality goaltending to send New York to the playoffs in 2013, going 23-11-7 with a .910 save percentage and 2.50 GAA.
Per The Hockey News, Nabokov’s deal is for $1.55 million.