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First injuries, now stomach flu ruining Tampa Bay’s roster

Feb 29, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

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The Lightning were already dealing with some nasty injuries to their lineup. Mattias Ohlund, Vincent Lecavalier, and Victor Hedman are all banged up. Making matters worse, a wicked stomach flu bug is running rampant through the locker room.

Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune shares the gory details of health turned upside down.

Nate Thompson and Brendan Mikkelson missed the morning skate with a stomach virus and were scratched against the Canadiens. Tim Wallace, who made his Tampa Bay debut Saturday in Pittsburgh, also was sidelined as the coaching staff scrambled to find 18 healthy skaters.

Erlendsson also says Teddy Purcell was hit by the flu but played through it and even assisted on Steve Stamkos‘ 44th goal of the season.  Hopefully he didn’t put a little extra sauce on that pass.

Things are so out of control that the Lightning had to cancel a media event thanks to the outbreak. You have to think that puking your guts out doesn’t make for much of a photo op. Illness always goes through a locker room like crazy but seeing three guys knocked out of action is impressive for all the wrong reasons.

  1. gor3hound - Feb 29, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    And still won the last two, go Bolts

    • lsxphotog - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      They have 19 games left and are only a few points out. They have a realistic shot! Garon has played brilliantly with only a couple bad games in the past 6 weeks.

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