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Bolts’ Lindback replaces injured Garon in net

Mar 4, 2013, 9:06 PM EDT

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Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Anders Lindback lost his grip on the starting job – at least temporarily – after a rough game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 24. He’ll get a chance to reestablish himself against that same team tonight thanks to Mathieu Garon‘s injury.

It’s too early to tell how severe Garon’s issue might be. Garon appeared to hurt himself while making a post-to-post save early in the second period.

Lightning head coach Guy Boucher just told Pierre McGuire that they’re playing it safe with the 35-year-old veteran, which likely means that Lindback will stay in net on Monday.

Lindback, 24, has a 7-4-1 record but bad individual stats (.890 save percentage, 3.27 GAA) so far in 2013. You can judge his work for yourself as the Bolts face the Penguins on NBC Sports Network as of this writing.

  1. Woody Bass - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:09 PM

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  2. gramkind - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Sad to see all TBs talent being let down by goaltending. Lindback may turn out all right in the long run but…

    • mathieug79 - Mar 5, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      I wouldn’t go as far as blame the goalies, our DEFENSE is what’s killing us. They can’t get the puck out of the zone, last night on a pittsburg PP, Keith Aulie has a chance to ice the puck 3 times, and every single time the pittsburg defensemen would either jump up and grab it, or they would squeeze against the board and keep it in. At a very young age, I was thought to shoot the puck as hard as you can off the glass.

  3. canucks30 - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Well there is this Luongo guy available on the trade market. You know the guy no one wants despite being a 3 time Vezina nominee, 1 time Hart nominee, 2 time Lester B. Pearson/Ted Lindsay nominee, Jennings trophy winner, Olympic Gold medalist, World Cup of Hockey winner, 2 time IIHF World Hockey Championships Gold Medalist, Stanley Cup finalist, World Junior Silver medalist, 2 Memorial Cup appearances, 62 career shutouts, and a career .919 save percentage.

    Apparently, he’s a bum

    • mathieug79 - Mar 5, 2013 at 8:13 AM

      Worst is, I would actually like Luongo on our team, but we need a couple of defensemen a lot more than goaltending.

    • jpelle82 - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      not a bum, just too expensive.

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