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Bishop hurt, Lindback to start, Desjardins called up

Published Oct. 14, 2013

The Lightning on Friday recalled goaltender Cedrick Desjardins from AHL Syracuse. He likely will back up Anders Lindback, who is expected to start Saturday against the Penguins at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Goalie Kristers Gudlevskis, who was called up to the Lightning from ECHL Florida to fill in for the injured Ben Bishop at Friday's practice, was sent to Syracuse.

Bishop, who has won three straight starts and has a 1.93 goals-against average and .928 save percentage, was hurt during Thursday's 7-2 victory over the Panthers when he reached with his right leg to try to stop Jonathan Huberdeau's third-period goal.

Here is the announcement from the team concerning Desjardins:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled goaltender Cedrick Desjardins from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Kristers Gudlevskis was also assigned from Tampa Bay to the Crunch.

Desjardins, 27, has played in one game with the Crunch this season, their only one to date, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Binghamton Senators on October 5. He played in a pair of preseason games with the Lightning in 2013, recording a 3.00 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage. Desjardins appeared in three games with the Lightning last season, compiling a record of 0-3-0 to go along with a 3.00 goals-against average and .890 save percentage. The Edmundston, New Brunswick native played in 36 games in the AHL last season, splitting the season between the Hamilton Bulldogs and Syracuse, registering a record of 15-18-3 to go with a 2.61 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. During the 2012-13 AHL season, Desjardins recorded five shutouts, including three in just 14 games while with the Crunch. He appeared in 18 Calder Cup playoff games with Syracuse, posting a record of 13-5-0 to go along with a 2.30 goals-against average and .908 save percentage.

The 6-foot, 192-pound goaltender has appeared in five career NHL games, all with the Lightning, during the 2010-11 and 2012-13 seasons, notching a record of 2-3-0 with a 2.14 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. He has also played in 184 career AHL games with the Bulldogs, Norfolk Admirals, Lake Erie Monsters and the Crunch, compiling a record 95-62-12. Desjardins was the recipient of the AHL's Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award for recording a 2.00 goals-against average during the 2009-10 season, given annually to the goalie with the lowest goals-against average. That same season he also appeared in the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic, in which he was named top goaltender during the skills competition, as well as being named on the 2010 AHL Second All-Star Team following the season.

He was acquired by the Lightning on February 14, 2013 from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for goaltender Dustin Tokarski.