Just when Anders Lindback was playing some of his best hockey of the season, the Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender is out indefinitely with a right ankle sprain, according to reports.
Lindback has won three of his past five starts, not allowing more than two goals in any of them and posting a .941 save percentage over that span. He was injured Wednesday in a game he didn't even start -- Lindback relieved Mathieu Garon in the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs and stopped seven of eight shots before leaving in the third after being hurt.
According to Tampa Bay Times beat reporter Damian Cristodero, coach Guy Boucher said Lindback has a high ankle sprain and didn't estimate a timetable for his return. Lindback is in a walking boot and goalie Cedrick Desjardins will be recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League.
In his first season with Tampa Bay, the 24-year-old Lindback is 10-7-1 with a 2.88 goals-against average and .903 save percentage.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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