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Lightning's Gudlevskis hurt in prospects game: report

by Staff

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis sustained an upper-body injury Tuesday and will be re-evaluated Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

Gudlevskis was injured playing in a prospects tournament game against the Florida Panthers. He was relieved by Adam Wilcox, who made 30 saves in a 4-1 victory.

"He's a little bit sore but he seems to be OK," Lightning prospects coach Rob Zettler told the newspaper. "You first see him go down and it's, 'Oh boy,' but after talking to him, he doesn't feel like it's anything crazy, but we'll wait to see what the [doctor] says."

Gudlevskis, 23, was expected to compete for the backup goalie job behind Ben Bishop after Andrei Vasilevskiy had surgery to remove a blood clot near his left collarbone and is expected to miss 2-3 months. Veteran Ray Emery will be at training camp on a professional tryout.

Gudlevskis won his only start for the Lightning during the 2013-14 season and appeared in two Stanley Cup Playoff games in relief of Bishop against the Montreal Canadiens. He spent all of last season with Syracuse of the American Hockey League; he was 25-14-4 with a 2.81 goals-against average, .900 save percentage and two shutouts.

"Hopefully (the injury) isn't serious and he's back in a couple days," Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman said. "We'll see."

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