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Latvian hero Gudlevskis returns to Tampa with Lindback hurting

Feb 20, 2014, 10:03 PM EDT

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Fans have gotten to know Team Latvia and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect goalie Kristers Gudlevskis after his incredible performance in a 2-1 loss to Canada in the quarterfinals. Now NHL fans might get to know him a little better.

As Missy Zielinski of the Lightning site shares, coach Jon Cooper said Gudlevskis will head to Tampa instead of back to Syracuse because backup Anders Lindback health status is unknown.

Lindback has been dealing with a sprained left ankle and it came at a poor time as Ben Bishop had been dealing with an injury. At a time when Lindback could’ve shown that he too could prove reliable, he wound up out of the lineup and opened things up for Cedrick Desjardins and Gudlevskis to get the call from the AHL.

Now Gudlevskis will at least practice with the Bolts while Lindback’s ankle is figured out. With his new found celebrity thanks to his play in the Olympics, Gudlevskis could earn a bit more attention this time around.

  1. letsgolightning - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    Lindback has been anything but steady this year. One great game is not in itself a resume, but I wouldn’t mind seeing this kid out there spelling Bishop.

  2. stcrowe - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    After a performance like that, he certainly deserves a shot at displaying his abilities at the NHL level.

  3. deezenucks - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:55 AM

    What a pickup Bishop was for Tampa, he’s been an all star when he’s in but maybe just not ready for a number 1’s # of games.
    Let the kid roll with it, he’s got the confidence right now.

  4. pegster6 - Feb 22, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    Love Bishop, wish he’d gone for Team USA, don’t know much about Lindback, but Gudlevskis was so much fun to watch and so exciting. I’m a BeLeafer but also love the Bolts. Looking forward to seeing him more. The Olympics had to be a huge confidence builder for him! Imagine going from the AHL almost straight to the Olympics. Wow!

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