March 6, 2012
Sens' Karlsson fined, not suspended
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
Both Ben Bishop and Eric Karlsson got some good news Tuesday -- they will be in the Senators lineup tonight in Tampa.
Bishop will be hard to miss when he makes his debut with Ottawa against the Lightning. Acquired from the St. Louis Blues for a second round pick at the trade deadline, the 6-foot-7 Bishop makes his first start in an Ottawa uniform.
"I just want to keep it simple," said Bishop Tuesday morning. "I just want to take it easy and try to take the crowd out of the game."
For his part, Karlsson found out he is being fined, but not suspended, for a two-hand slash Sunday night against the Florida Panthers.
The Senators blueliner was handed a $2,500 fine by NHL vice president of discipline Brendan Shanahan for his slash on Florida's Sean Bergenheim.
The incident took place at 14:06 of the third period and Karlsson received a two-minute slashing penalty.
"I spoke to (Shanahan). It is what it is. I can't do that," said a contrite Karlsson.
Bishop was called up Monday from the club's AHL affiliate in Binghamton where he had a 2-1-0 record with a 2.35 GAA. This will be his first NHL game this year. He wasn't called up at all by the St. Louis Blues.
"He looked good. That was the first time I've seen him," said coach Paul MacLean.
Winger Bobby Butler and centre Zenon Konopka will be scratched. Centre Zack Smith is returning the lineup along with winger Kaspars Daugavins.