Lightning goalie Ben Bishop on IR, eligible to come off Tuesday

Goalie Ben Bishop has 22 wins and a .935 save percentage for the Lightning this season.

Sergei Belski

TAMPA, Fla. — Ben Bishop’s injury may not be as serious as first thought.

The Tampa Bay Lightning goalie, who has 22 victories, has been out on injured reserve with a sprained right wrist and is eligible to return next Tuesday, the team said Thursday.

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He had been listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury, after he left early in the first period of a loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday.

”It’s just one of those things where I’ve just got to wait to see how it feels,” Bishop said Thursday. ”I tried a couple things. Will get on the ice tomorrow and see how it feels.”

The news should come as a relief for the Lightning, who have enjoyed Bishop’s strong play in their rise toward the top of the Eastern Conference. In Bishop’s absence, Anders Lindback has served as Tampa Bay’s top netminder, with Cedrick Desjardins recently promoted from the Syracuse Crunch, the Lightning’s American Hockey League affiliate, as Lindback’s backup.

Bishop, 27, owns a .935 save percentage with a 1.86 goals-against average.

It was painful,” Bishop said of his injury. ”I couldn’t really grab my stick. I was hoping that it wasn’t broken.”

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