Out with Lehner, in with Bishop

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:50 AM ET

TAMPA - Lehn-sanity gave way to reality Monday night.

After spending the day at owner Eugene Melnyk’s ranch, the Senators sent goaltender Robin Lehner back to their AHL affiliate in Binghamton and recalled 6-foot-7 goalie Ben Bishop.

Bishop, picked up from the St. Louis Blues at the trade deadline in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2013 draft, is expected to make his first start against the Lightning Tuesday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Anderson not close

While Lehner has been strong with a 3-2-0 record, 2.01 GAA and a .935 save-percentage in the five games he’s played, the Senators want to get a look at Bishop with starter Craig Anderson nowhere close to making a return.

Sidelined with a hand injury he suffered in a kitchen mishap, Anderson accompanied the club to Florida, but didn’t skate Sunday. Lehner allowed four goals in a 4-2 loss to the Panthers Sunday in his second straight loss.

Bishop, who was en route to Tampa from Binghamton, had a 2-1-0 record with a 2.35 GAA in three games with the Baby Sens last week.

He has the second-most wins in the AHL with 26 this season.

“We want to see him play in some games,” said coach Paul MacLean. “With this injury to Craig Anderson, we want to get a look at Ben Bishop. He’s played well down there.”

TOUGH TIMES FOR NICK

The Senators were given a break Monday.

Perhaps, nobody needed the hiatus from hockey more than winger Nick Foligno. Now, if he could just get a break or two on the ice, all would be right in his hockey world.

The 24-year-old Foligno has been getting chances, he’s working hard, but the puck just isn’t going in. He hasn’t put the puck past a goalie since Jan. 8 against Philadelphia.

He had one into an empty net on Feb. 22 against Washington. Foligno isn’t alone: Kyle Turris has one goal in 14 games, Erik Condra hasn’t scored in 27 and Colin Greening is at 14.

“I don’t think I’m playing bad at all or I’ve gotten away from my game. I don’t think I’ve tried to be different,” said Foligno. “It’s just a matter of the puck not going in for me, I’m not getting the bounces. You’re going to have bounces where the puck just doesn’t go into the net for you.

“It’s a funny game. It’s hard to explain.”

GM Bryan Murray said the Senators need Foligno to step up with some offence.

“For us to have success, we need a player like Nick to kick in points,” said Murray. “He doesn’t have to blow us out of the water, but he’s in an offensive position. We need good things to happen.”

THIS ’N’ THAT

Senators assistant GM Tim Murray plans to speak with Mika Zibanejad’s representatives this week. The Senators aren’t sure they want to burn a year on the contract if he’s not a regular here. That decision will be made in the next 10 days or so. He could go to Binghamton ... MacLean liked Rob Klinkhammer’s game vs. the Panthers. “He played really for us,” said MacLean. “He accounted for himself and he was one of our best players.” He finished with seven hits.


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