Five minutes into Tuesday’s 3-0 victory against Toronto, the Lightning already lost something big.

Sure, Ondrej Palat scored twice and Victor Hedman had a goal and two assists to lift Tampa Bay to within two points of Montreal for second place in the Atlantic Division, which would carry home ice in their likely first round playoff series starting next week.

But before the Lightning get to that first playoff series in three years, they may be staring at having to enter the postseason without Bishop for a prolonged period of time after he left favoring his left arm at the 5:43 mark of the first period. Bishop dove to his left in an attempt to snatch a puck out the air, and appeared to land awkwardly on his left arm, with his wrist appearing to be the first part to hit the ice.

After laying down on the ice for several moments while being attended to by head medical trainer Tom Mulligan, Bishop struggled to get to his skates but managed to leave under his own power. Bishop, who has battled a injury to his right wrist suffered Jan. 5, was noticeably favoring his left arm as he made his way back to the locker room.

The team did not offer any update on Bishop’s status after the game, only classifying the injury as upper-body, though he underwent some form of testing Tuesday night.

“Let’s just wait and see what happens here,’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. “There is no sense in speculating or doing any of the social media. He’s either going to be ready to go or he’s not. And you need some goaltending depth and I’m really confident in what we have, especially after you what that performance tonight.’’

The performance came from Anders Lindback, who provided a 25-save shutout in relief in just his third game since Jan. 30.

Lindback has had his share of ups and downs this season, with more downs than ups as he has appeared in just 20 games before Tuesday, with little success picking up just five victories and a 3.26 goals against average.

On Tuesday, however, when the Lightning needed him, Lindback was strong under adverse conditions coming in cold after a hard morning on-ice workout, particularly in the final minute of the second period when he stopped Phil Kessel on a partial breakaway and made a glove save on Jake Gardiner’s open wrist shot from the slot.