The Chicago Blackhawks scored first in Saturday’s Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final when Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop and defenseman Victor Hedman collided while pursuing the puck, leaving the Tampa Bay goal wide open.
After the Blackhawks cleared the puck just over six minutes into the game at Amalie Arena, Bishop—returning to the starting lineup after his last-minute Game 4 scratch—went far up the ice to retrieve it. Hedman, however, was doing the same, but coming from the opposite direction.
Bishop and Hedman collided into each other, and Hedman’s stick appeared to push the puck forward through Bishop’s legs. Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp skated around both players and caught the puck in stride before knocking in an easy, empty-net goal.
Bishop was checked on by team trainers after briefly remaining on the ice.
- Mike Fiammetta