Player News - Lightning

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Kristers Gudlevskis did all he could to save Tampa Bay's season, saving 16 of 17 in 34 minutes of action, but ultimately let through the game-winning goal that eliminated the Bolts from the post-season.

Another poor start from Anders Lindback made the Bolts turn to the 21 year old rookie midway through the second period, trailing 3-1. Gudlevskis answered the call, stopping the first 16 shots he faced as Tampa tied the game at three. A last minute power play for Montreal however turned out to be the difference, as Max Pacioretty shovelled the winning goal through the five-hole with 43 seconds remaining. The Habs swept the best of seven series four games to none.
Apr 22 - 10:26 PM

Anders Lindback disappointed his team yet again, allowing three goals on 20 shots before getting the hook in Game 4's loss to Montreal on Tuesday.

The Bolts were a different team with Lindback tending the pipes instead of the injured Ben Bishop, who put together a Vezina calibre season that led the team to the playoffs. The 25 year old Lindback went 0-3 in the playoffs with a .881 save percentage and 3.91 goals against average.
Apr 22 - 10:20 PM

Ondrej Palat's superb rookie season may be over, but he didn't go down quietly, scoring a shorthanded goal and adding an assist in Game 4's loss to the Habs on Tuesday.

Palat helped the Bolts back into the game, which they trailed 2-0 and then 3-1 in the third period. But a late penalty and the last-minute game-winning goal by Montreal finished the sweep and sent the Bolts packing. Palat is a solid candidate for the Calder Trophy after notching 59 points in the regular season, and then five more in the playoffs while maintaining a +35 rating during the season and playoffs combined.
Apr 22 - 10:14 PM

Radko Gudas has sustained a lower-body injury.

Gudas will not be available on Tuesday as a result. Tampa Bay is down 3-0 in its first round series to Montreal, so if the Lightning don't win this game, then Gudas will have all summer to recover.
Apr 22 - 6:40 PM

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper gave a positive assessment of his team despite the fact that they're down 3-0 in their first round series against Montreal.

"Just look at Game 3, we played in an extremely hostile, tough environment and I thought we played our best game. The guys are learning, the guys are finding out what playoff hockey is all about and we're getting better. The problem is now we're running out of time so getting better is just not good enough anymore. Now we have to be great," Cooper said. The odds of the Lightning coming back from a 3-0 deficit is minimal, but they still might be able to make Montreal sweat before finally being eliminated.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 22 - 4:38 PM

Anders Lindback will play between the pipes on Tuesday.

With Ben Bishop hurt, the Lightning have been forced to go with Lindback in their first round series against Montreal. Lindback has a 3.49 GAA and .888 save percentage in three straight playoff losses and consequently Tampa Bay is in danger of being eliminated Tuesday night.
Apr 22 - 12:45 PM

Ben Bishop (elbow) was on the ice for about 15 minutes on Tuesday.

Bishop won't be available for Game 4 though as the Lightning try to avoid elimination. Ultimately, Tampa Bay's problems in this series go beyond its goaltending, but Bishop was a big part of this team's regular season success and losing him for the postseason hurt.
Apr 22 - 12:43 PM

Steve Stamkos expects to play in Game 4 on Tuesday after he received an inadvertent knee to his head.

He returned for the third period after the incident occurred late in the second period. Stamkos said he felt "pretty good" after practice on Monday. He has two goals and two assists over three games in the series.
Apr 21 - 5:53 PM

Ben Bishop (elbow) won't be available for Game 4.

"I can't sit here and say if he'd be ready for the rest of the series. Clearly we'd have to extend the series for any hope of that," said coach Jon Cooper. "Every day he is getting closer and closer, but no Game 4." Anders Lindback will probably get the nod again in Bishop's absence. The Lightning will try to avoid playoff elimination on Tuesday night.
Apr 21 - 5:20 PM

B.J. Crombeen made his postseason debut in Game 3 on Sunday.

He was a healthy scratch for the previous two games of the series. Crombeen had 10 points and 79 penalty minutes in 55 games during the regular season.
Apr 21 - 11:31 AM

Tom Pyatt logged just 7:54 of ice time in Tampa Bay's Game 3 loss to Montreal.

It was his first game of the postseason. Pyatt sat frequently as a healthy scratch during the regular season and he skated in just 27 games.
Apr 21 - 11:28 AM

Nikita Kucherov was a healthy scratch in Game 3.

The rookie forward played in Tampa Bay's previous two games of the series and he scored in Game 1. The Lightning wanted to go with more experience and grit, so they dressed Tom Pyatt and B.J. Crombeen and scratched Kucherov and Richard Panik.
Apr 21 - 11:26 AM

Mark Barberio made his NHL postseason debut in Game 3.

He filled in for Sami Salo, who sat with an upper-body injury. The Montreal-native was a little too wired for the contest and he posted six penalty minutes.
Apr 21 - 11:21 AM

Sami Salo was absent from Game 3 on Sunday because of an upper-body injury.

He participated in Sunday's morning skate and didn't show any signs that he was hurt. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Apr 21 - 11:16 AM

Matt Carle tallied a goal in Tampa Bay's 3-2 loss to Montreal in Game 3 of the opening round of the playoffs.

He had two markers in 82 games during the regular season. Carle logged 25:54 of ice time on Sunday.
Apr 21 - 11:12 AM


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