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Lightning pull Lindback early in second period

Apr 22, 2014, 8:41 PM EDT

Anders Lindback, Rene Bourque , AP

The Tampa Bay Lightning gave up a significant package to get Anders Lindback from the Nashville Predators. Maybe that cost will make them more likely to bring the big goalie back, but if not, there’s at least a chance that he ended his Tampa Bay days with a whimper.

Of course, there are a lot of different things that could happen,* but that’s the feeling as he was pulled early in the second period for Kristers Gudlevskis. (Lightning fans who need a little comic relief should check out Gudlevskis’ photo at NHL.com.)

Lindback, 25, has actually had his moments in this series. And let’s be honest: blaming everything on him is pretty unfair considering his team’s often poor play in front of him; the Canadiens already fired 20 shots on him by the time he was pulled after letting in three.

Still, Lindback’s stay with the Lightning has almost wholly been disappointing. He’s an RFA this summer, so the Lightning could probably sign him cheaply. If they even want to bring him back.

* – The Lightning could easily come back and stay in the series, thus giving Lindback another shot to redeem himself. Still, the mood feels otherwise as of this writing.

  1. afrancis55 - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Lindback belongs in Florida all right. He belongs about six hours north in Pensacola with the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League. He does not have what it takes to play in the NHL. Sure the bolts defense has played awful, but the amount of soft goals he gives up is ridiculous.

  2. joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    All I can say is, I told you so…..

    joey4id – Apr 16, 2014 at 2:58 PM
    The team that will prevail is the team with the better goalie. Price is the superior goalie and Montreal also has the more experienced coach.

    • tomas3345 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      Joey you are a genius, how could anyone have known that the team with a better goalie would win against the team that is using their backup.

      • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        Oh! I see. You need more proof…. of. Here it is…. :-) hahahah!

        joey4id – Apr 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM
        With or without Bishop the Habs have the better goalie. And that will be the differentiator in this match-up. Habs in 6.

      • bcsteele - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        More past comments…please get over yourself

      • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        Habs in 6 eh? Time to get a job loser.

        Just go away. Nobody likes you.

  3. stcrowe - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Too late. Cooper should have started Gudlevskis. All the kid can do is keep it from getting worse. He is doing a pretty good job of it so far.

  4. muckleflugga - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    joey4id

    throw enough manure at the wall, some is bound to stick

    numpty

    • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      hahahaha… my manure, unlike most here, and yours, sticks 99.9% of the time. Nice try flugga. 💋 my you know what…. :-)

      • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:43 PM

        *mine sticks 99.9% of the time.

  5. afrancis55 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Joey you sure have commented on a lot of bolts/habs playoff articles for “not being a fan of Montreal.”

    • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:40 PM

      Oh! Why are you concerned about the number of posts and for which team I’m posting for? Just curious…. Do tell?

      • afrancis55 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        I’m just trying to understand why you’re obsessed with trying to prove yourself by making ridiculous predictions equivalent to saying water is wet and the sun will come up every morning to fellow commenters on PHT… Do tell?

      • joey4id - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:59 PM

        Because it pisses you off…. Why do you care?

  6. marino57 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Be nice if we could get some consistent Refs in the league

  7. marino57 - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    That tripping call was rediculas

  8. muckleflugga - Apr 22, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    joey

    i predict either montréal or tampa or detroit or boston or chicago or st. louis or philadelphia or new york or los angeles or san josé or minnesota or colorado or dallas or anaheim or pittsburgh or columbus will win their series

    now take your lips and wrap them around this

    • blackhawksdynasty - Apr 22, 2014 at 10:01 PM

      C’mon muckle … you and I both know joey is an intellectually inferior adolescent. No sense in wasting our time.

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