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Anders Lindback simply was not good enough on Friday night, allowing three goals on 23 shots before getting pulled during the Bolts' Game 2 loss to Montreal.

Kristers Gudlevskis finished the last nine minutes of the game, allowing a goal on three shots. Lindback has now allowed eight goals in Tampa's two playoff games. Injured starter Ben Bishop took shots from the goalie coach on Friday morning, and the Lightning are hoping he will be back for Sunday's Game 3. The Lightning are now down 2-0 in the series, while Lindback has proven to be a poor option in goal coming off a regular season where he went 8-12-3 with an .891 save percentage.
Apr 18 - 10:15 PM

Teddy Purcell scored Tampa Bay's lone goal in Game 2 late in the third period, as the Bolts were stymied by Carey Price and the Habs during a 4-1 loss.

Victor Hedman and Valtteri Filppula earned assists on Purcell's late goal, which came when the game was out of reach. The Lightning were a bit undisciplined, and made some crucial defensive zone gaffes in the loss, which puts them down 2-0 in the series with two games in Montreal coming up. Purcell has an impressive seven goals and 18 points through 20 career playoff games.
Apr 18 - 10:08 PM

Andrej Sustr will draw into the Lightning's lineup Friday night.

Tampa Bay will use seven defensemen because Ondrej Palat is dealing with an upper-body injury. Sustr had a goal and eight points in 43 games in the regular season.
Apr 18 - 6:46 PM

Ben Bishop (elbow) was on the ice prior to the Lightning's practice on Friday.

Bishop faced shots from goalie coach Frantz Jean for the first time since he got hurt. "He's progressing every day," Jean said. "The last three days have been extremely positive for him. The recuperation is going very well." Bishop will not be available Friday night.
Apr 18 - 4:10 PM

Anders Lindback is expected to start on Friday.

No surprise there given that Ben Bishop is still dealing with an elbow injury. Lindback turned aside 39 of 44 shots in Montreal's 5-4 overtime win against Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Apr 18 - 4:08 PM

With Ben Bishop (left elbow) not expected to be healthy anytime soon, the Lightning will have to rely on Anders Lindback to defeat Montreal.

The Bolts' backup did a very good job Wednesday night keeping his team in the game by kicking out 39 of 44 shots, but he is going to have to do better if the Lightning hope to get by the Canadiens in the first round.
Apr 18 - 11:42 AM

Look for Alex Killorn to take the place of the injured Ondrej Palat on Tampa's top line alongside Steven Stamkos and Tyler Johnson.

He has had success alongside Stamkos (who hasn't) and practised on Thursday on the number one unit. If you have daily transactions in your playoff pool, be sure to pick up Killorn for Friday night's contest.
Apr 18 - 11:36 AM

Ondrej Palat is not expected to play Friday night against Montreal in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs.

He sustained an upper-body injury after being checked by Andrei Markov in Game 1 Wednesday and should be considered day-to-day.
Apr 18 - 11:33 AM

Ben Bishop's return to the lineup from an elbow injury isn't expected to occur any time soon.

However, coach Jon Cooper said that Bishop could be available to play later in Tampa Bay's first-round series against Montreal, which is what he said before the playoffs began.
Apr 17 - 6:53 PM

Ondrej Palat (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Friday's contest against Montreal.

He left Game 1 because an undisclosed injury, which is believed to be to his upper-body region. The outstanding rookie logged 14:05 of ice time before exiting early in the third period.
Apr 17 - 2:39 PM

Ben Bishop (elbow) skated on his own before Wednesday's morning skate.

He didn't face any shots during his on-ice session, but he did wear full equipment. Anders Lindback did a very good job in his place in Game 1's overtime loss to Montreal and he'll probably end up starting the second game of the series on Friday.
Apr 17 - 11:33 AM

Ondrej Palat was forced to leave Tampa Bay's playoff opener in the third period with an undisclosed injury.

He was seen walking around the locker room after the team's overtime loss and there wasn't an update on his status. Palat had an upper-body injury at the end of the regular season after a hard hit made contact with his head and there may have been a re-injury there. It was also speculated during the game telecast that he might have been hurt when he banged knees with Montreal's P.K. Subban. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Apr 17 - 11:30 AM

Cedric Paquette picked up an assist and four hits in Game 1 against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night.

Unfortunately, he was also partially responsible for Tampa Bay's blown coverage on Dale Weise's overtime winner. Paquette wants to "make [the Canadiens] pay" after the team passed on him five times during the 2012 NHL draft. He plays a gritty game and he can contribute offensively, which gave him a spot on the fourth line to open the postseason.
Apr 17 - 11:20 AM

Nikita Kucherov found the back of the net in his playoff debut Wednesday night.

He opened the scoring in Game 1 in Tampa Bay's 5-4 overtime defeat. Kucherov also scored in his regular season debut with the Lightning back in November, but that marker ended up being a game winner.
Apr 17 - 11:11 AM

Alex Killorn produced a goal and an assist in Game 1 Wednesday night against Montreal.

He looked great alongside Steve Stamkos, but the Lightning lost their postseason opener by a 5-4 score in overtime. Still, it was an impressive NHL playoff debut for Killorn, who recorded 17 goals and 41 points during the regular season.
Apr 17 - 11:08 AM


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