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from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
When Ben Bishop fell to the ice diving for a puck on April 8, the conventional thinking suggested the Lightning’s playoffs hopes plummeted with him.
A week later, confidence in Tampa Bay’s goaltending has been almost fully restored as the Lightning get set to start their opening-round playoff series against Montreal. With Bishop not expected to be ready to return from what the team classified as an upper body injury, Anders Lindback is expected to get the call for Game 1 on Wednesday.
Whatever doubts might have lingered when the Lightning were forced to turn to Lindback were washed away in Lindback’s three appearances down the stretch.
Since stepping in for Bishop early in the first period against Toronto, Lindback has allowed just two goals in three games, posting a 0.67 goals-against average and .975 save percentage while winning all three games. His first shutout in a Lightning jersey during Sunday’s 1-0 shootout victory in Washington clinched home ice for Tampa Bay....
“He’s playing with a lot of confidence, and I said it time and time again: that is just a great guy and he works his tail off,’’ defenseman Matt Carle said. “So, it’s no surprise to see how well he’s doing. And it’s just great for our team and we have a lot of confidence playing in front of him.’’
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Lightning left wing Ryan Malone was arrested Saturday morning on charges of driving under the influence and cocaine possession.
"We are aware of the sitution concerning Ryan Malone this morning," general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. "Ryan will not travel with the tem to Washington today, but beyond tht we cannot comment further at this time."
NEW YORK (April 12, 2014) – Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League, today released the following statement regarding Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone:
“We are aware of the situation this morning involving Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone. Under the terms of the collectively bargained joint NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program, Mr. Malone is subject to mandatory evaluation and, if deemed necessary by the Program Doctors, treatment pursuant to the terms of that Program. His future playing status, both in the near term and during the Playoffs, will be determined in accordance the terms of our SABH Program.”
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
Folks in Tampa were right to be fretting when goaltender Ben Bishop went down with injury this week. After all, Bishop was the driving force in keeping the Tampa Bay Lightning among the top teams in the East even without star forward Steven Stamkos for several months.
But what a strong performance from Anders Lindback in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Lindback was terrific in his first start since March 22, making 34 saves to lift the Bolts against a Flyers squad jockeying for postseason position.
With Bishop's playoff status uncertain, Lindback will need to be just as good come playoff time. Thursday night he showed he's capable of handling the job.
read on for Burnside on the Blues, Custance on the Devils and LeBrun on the NHL replacing Brendan Shanahan...
Bishop went off favoring a shoulder. You can see when he is helped off the ice he is holding one shoulder higher up than the other.
The Lightning say he will not return tonight, upper-body injury.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Yzerman, 48, On Tuesday took some time to share his thoughts on several topics, from his evolution as a general manager to the difficulty, or ease, depending on how you look at it, of maintaining his organizaional vision on the NHL level and with AHL Syracuse.
On his contract extension: Four years have gone by very quickly. Initially, when I was excited about the opportunity and Jeff offered me the position, first and foremost was my meeting with him and how much I enjoyed talking with him and his vision of the organization, and that hasn’t changed to date. We’ve got a lot to do. We’ve made a lot of changes that you see on the ice and off the ice. We’ve got a lot of work left to do and as an organization as a whole and a team (we're) going in the right direction. I want to continue with the process, and I’m grateful to get the opportunity to continue.
Two giveaways by Tampa Bay goaltender lead to two goals for the Calgary Flames. The Flames won the game 4-1.
Tell me exactly what the ref saw to make this tripping call on Valtteri Filppula?
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The Tampa Bay Lightning made it clear to Ryan Callahan’s camp that they want the player past this season.
The pending UFA's agent, the veteran Steve Bartlett, told ESPN.com Tuesday that he chatted with Steve Yzerman in Buffalo over the past weekend, at which point the Bolts GM made it clear they'd like to talk extension after the season.
Yzerman, also reached Tuesday, said for now the focus is on hockey, on making the playoffs and on doing well in the playoffs. The GM will focus on Callahan’s future later.
"He’s just going to play hockey and we’ll talk when the season’s over," Yzerman told ESPN.com.
continued plus topics like John Tortorella, Andrei Markov, Jagr signing again with New Jersey and the future of Randy Carlyle and even more than that.
Tampa Bay pulled their goale on a delayed penalty, Steven Stamkos somehow found the open net from the Tampa offensive zone.
Cory Conacher gets credit for the own-goal.
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