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Desjardins Recalled, Bishop Out Versus Jets

by Missy Zielinski / Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled Syracuse Crunch (AHL) netminder Cedrick Desjardins on an emergency basis after Bolts' goaltender Ben Bishop left Sunday's game against the Winnipeg Jets with an upper body injury.

During Sunday's contest Bishop confirmed that he was injured during warm-ups and aggravated the ailment prior to the 4:18 mark of the first, when he exited the game after a short discussion with team trainers in what looked to be regarding his blocker hand.

Cedrick Desjardins has a posted 2.75 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage for Syracuse this season

It was announced later that evening that he would not return with an upper body injury, as Anders Lindback manned the crease in his absence.

Desjardins has appeared in five total games for the Lightning during the 2010-11 and 2012-13 season, compiling a 2-3-0 record with a 2.14 goals-against average and .926 save percentage.

Through 18 games with the Crunch this season the 28-year-old has posted a record of 5-8-2 to go along with a 2.75 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage. He also appeared in his 200th career AHL game on December 28 against the Norfolk Admirals.

As for Bishop, Cooper said he will continue to be evaluated, but he does not think the injury has any "serious implications." Bishop was also not scheduled to start against the Jets on Tuesday.

"It's another chance for Lindback to get in another game and do what he's required to do and that's win hockey games," Cooper said. "He has all the talent in the world to do it."

Cooper said that some of Lindback's difficulties in net this season have stemmed from his backup role and wanting to try too hard.

"He's at his best when he's calm in the crease and when he's at his best he's really hard to beat," Cooper said.

Bishop could return to net as early as Thursday against the Washington Capitals at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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