The bad news just seems to continue coming out of Tampa Bay. Earlier this afternoon, Tampa Bay Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper told the media that Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback had sustained a Lower Body Injury, and would more than likely be out of action until after the Olympic Break.
This comes on the heels of the news of an injury to Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop, who was injured in the opening minutes of the Lightning’s encounter last night with the Ottawa Senators when Bishop inadvertently took a knee and a skate to the back of the head while trying to make a play.
Also injured in last night’s matchup was center Valtteri Filppula. Filppula was attempting to make a play in the Lightning’s offensive zone, when he was hit by Senators defenseman Eric Gryba. Filppula left the ice on his own accord, and was able to return a little over 6 minutes later for a shift; however, he would quickly skate off the ice back to the Lightning bench, shaking his head at the Lightning’s Head Athletic Trainer Tom Mulligan.
Lindback felt something pop in left ankle when Conacher fell on him. Called it a sprain.
— Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) January 31, 2014
I have to give some serious credit to Lindback. People may bash him for his performance so far this season, sometimes with and sometimes without valid reason, but no one can deny that it took some serious heart and determination to continue to play in last night’s game in spite of sustaining the injury at the hands of Conacher.
I have never once seen a team have to forfeit a game on account of not having someone in available to play in net for them, and hopefully, this is something that no hockey fan ever has to witness.
So far this season, Lindback has played in 18 games with the Lightning. He is currently 5-11-1 with a GAA of 3.23 and a Save Percentage of .880.
Right now, Cooper is unsure of who will be in net on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens. Cooper said that Bishop, who is still listed as day-to-day, did practice with the team today; however, he was unsure if he would be in net this weekend.
We will certainly keep you up to date on any changes to the situation in Tampa Bay as soon as more details become available.