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Battered Lightning call up two goaltenders

Feb 1, 2014, 9:54 AM EDT

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Cedrick Desjardins (31) during the third period of an NHL preseason hockey game against the Nashville Predators Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) AP

The Tampa Bay Lightning had a rare night on Thursday as both of their netminders were hurt in their 5-3 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Anders Lindback will be unavailable for the Lightning’s contest against the Montreal Canadiens this afternoon and they might not have Ben Bishop either. With that in mind, Tampa Bay summoned goaltenders Cedrick Desjardins and Kristers Gudlevskis from AHL Syracuse.

Even as far as AHL call ups go, neither is a particularly appealing option. Gudlevskis, 21, has only participated in 21 AHL contests and has a 2.78 GAA and .898 save percentage with Syracuse. He was taken in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, so the fact that he’s already in the NHL underscores just how bad the Lightning’s situation is.

Desjardins hasn’t done much better in Syracuse this season. On top of that, the 28-year-old has only appeared in five career NHL contests.

The Lightning have lost two straight games and a regulation defeat against Montreal today would put the Canadiens just two points away from Tampa Bay in the battle for second place in the Atlantic Division.

  1. joey4id - Feb 1, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    The best way to secure a spot in the playoffs is to finish in the top 3 of their division. TB can ill afford to lose games on account of goalie injury. Four teams are within 9 points from them in their div, and 4 more in the conf on their heels for the wild card spots. Time to make a move for a bonafide NHL goalie.

    • lightning69 - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Hey Joey, while you make some valid assessments of the division race, there is no need to panic. With the new division alignment, Tampa wasn’t even supposed be in the running for anything but the last wild card spot at the start….with Stamkos.

      Yzerman had a five year plan and 2 hot goalie performances (Roloson ’11 and Bishop ’13) and a stellar AHL program have us ahead of schedule. If Bishop was lost for the year, maybe a a trade has to happen. We’re doing OK and the Olympic Break gives us a huge opportunity to be in great shape for a push at the end.

      • joey4id - Feb 1, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        Certainly is a reasonable argument. Is the objective of missing the playoff at greater risk without Stamkos and a bonafide goalie? If the answer is no, then by all means don’t make a trade. Otherwise, they should. Stamkos won’t be ready for the Olympics, which will delay is rehab because of the lack of playing time. TB has 7 games left before the trade deadline. How many of those games Stamkos will play is an unknown. Can they afford to wait and see? Not making the playoff will cost the team approx. 1.5 million per home game.

  2. marino57 - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    The bolts have a NHL caliber net minder watch him win the Vesna, No trade needed Stevie knows what he doing

  3. lightning69 - Feb 1, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, most of this year the Bolts could be renamed “Syracuse South”. A couple games we’ve had 14 rookies and call ups on the bench already. Granted Bishop has saved us from ourselves with the poor D play so far.

    Bolts have to knuckle down as a team. They’ve done it already to get this far. If they move their damn feet and play a back to the basics game in our own end, they will have a chance. Oh, shoot the damn puck too! Every close game we took was from dirty goals, not highlight tic tac toe plays.

    Sounds like this is just a temp situation and they are being cautious with Bishop. He did pass concussion protocols already.

    All that said, an Olympic Break couldn’t have any better timing right now.

  4. sabresfanallday - Feb 1, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Watch 2bc on YouTube cedrik déjardan can be beastly

    • pfhockey - Feb 1, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      I know your comment was intended to be a joke but 2BC knows little of the NHL outside his leafs.

  5. storminator16 - Feb 1, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    John Cooper should win the Jack Adams award.

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