COLUMBUS, Ohio — After missing three games with a sprained wrist, Tampa Bay Lightning G Ben Bishop returned to uniform Monday night against Columbus on the bench serving as the backup to Anders Lindback.
Bishop was activated from injured reserve after missing three games and provided there are no setbacks, Bishop expects to start Tuesday in New York against the Rangers.
“The trainers and the medical guys have done a great job, I’ve been working hard the last three days,’’ said Bishop, who is 22-5-3 with 1.86 goals against average and league-leading .936 save percentage. “It feels good and I’m ready to go.”
On Jan. 5 in Edmonton, Bishop left five minutes into the first period after getting his stick tangled in the legs of teammate Tyler Johnson while sliding across his crease to try to stop a Jordan Eberle shot. After the play, Bishop went to the bench to speak with head medical trainer Tom Mulligan before leaving the ice.
Bishop also said he was struck with a puck on the same area during warmups and the play where his stick was caught “spiked’ the pain in the arm.
In the past week, Bishop iced the wrist area and had some electrical therapy to stimulate the wrist.
“He’s definitely a possibility for (Tuesday),’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said.
When G Cedrick Desjardins was called up to join the team in Winnipeg last week, his pads and equipment never made it. The past three games, Desjardins used different pads, including an old pair that he had left in Tampa.
On Sunday, his regular pads finally arrived when the Blue Jackets brought the equipment to Columbus after playing Saturday in Winnipeg.
Desjardins finally used his regular pads during Monday’s morning skate, but with Bishop activated off injured reserve, Desjardins was reassigned to Syracuse of the American Hockey League.
Meanwhile, a parody account on Twitter — @CeddysPads — “documented’’ some of the travels of the pads, including photo-shopped pictures of the pads on top of Mount Rushmore, in the stands at the Winter Classic and on the red carpet with actress Jennifer Lawrence during Sunday’s Golden Globes.
D Sami Salo received a bit of good news when tests came back negative on his left ankle after the veteran took a shot off the ankle during the first period on Saturday in Philadelphia.
Salo was still limping around the locker room and wearing a walking boot, but is considered day-to-day and could be back before the end of the week.
“It’s not the best, but it’s making small progress,’’ Salo said. “Today was a little better than yesterday and hopefully tomorrow will be better than today.’’
D Matt Carle extended his scoring streak to seven games, the longest active scoring streak in the league.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Carle also tied a franchise record for consecutive games with a point as well as consecutive games with an assist, both at seven games. Dan Boyle set the original mark, twice having seven-game scoring streaks (October 2002 and November/December 2005) as well as the the assist streak, set in November/December 2005.
Nuts and Bolts
RW Richard Panik, C Tom Pyatt and Salo were scratched. ... Prospect G Kristers Gudlevskis was named the AHL Player of the Week after posting a 2-0-1 record that included back-to-back shutouts over the weekend, a 0.65 goals-against average and .973 save percentage in three starts. ... D Keith Aulie skated on Monday without a red jersey. He has been out since Dec. 5 with a broken hand.