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 Melnykís 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 heís 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 didnít 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.

ďWe want to see him play in some games,Ē said coach Paul MacLean. ďWith this injury to Craig Anderson, we want to get a look at Ben Bishop. Heís played well down there.Ē

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, heís working hard, but the puck just isnít going in. He hasnít put the puck past a goalie since Jan. 8 against Philadelphia.

He had one into an empty net on Feb. 22 against Washington. Foligno isnít alone: Kyle Turris has one goal in 14 games, Erik Condra hasnít scored in 27 and Colin Greening is at 14.

ďI donít think Iím playing bad at all or Iíve gotten away from my game. I donít think Iíve tried to be different,Ē said Foligno. ďItís just a matter of the puck not going in for me, Iím not getting the bounces. Youíre going to have bounces where the puck just doesnít go into the net for you.

ďItís a funny game. Itís hard to explain.Ē

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

ďFor us to have success, we need a player like Nick to kick in points,Ē said Murray. ďHe doesnít have to blow us out of the water, but heís in an offensive position. We need good things to happen.Ē

THIS íNí THAT

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


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