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Lightning call up Namestnikov and Gudlevskis

Friday, 02.07.2014 / 6:45 PM / News

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Lightning call up Namestnikov and Gudlevskis
The Tampa Bay Lightning called up forward Vladislav Namestnikov and goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Friday.

The Tampa Bay Lightning called up forward Vladislav Namestnikov and goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Friday. Gudlevskis was recalled on an emergency basis.

Namestnikov, 21, has skated in 31 games this season with Syracuse, scoring 13 goals and 30 points to go along with 19 penalty minutes. He is tied for first on the team for points and assists. The native of Zhukovskiy, Russia, was the Lightning's first-round pick (No. 27) in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Gudlevskis, 21, has an 11-8-2 record, a 2.69 goals-against average, a .900 save percentage and four shutouts. He began the season with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, posting a 7-4-0 record with a 1.83 GAA and .925 save percentage in 11 games. The Latvian native, a fifth-round pick (No. 124) by Tampa Bay in the 2013 NHL Draft, will play for his country in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The Lightning lost forward Valtteri Filppula with a broken right ankle during their 4-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday; the injury will prevent him from playing for Finland in Sochi. Starting goaltender Ben Bishop left that game after two periods with an upper-body injury and is day-to-day; backup Anders Lindback is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.

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