Mar 20, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback (39) before the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Lightning Goaltender Anders Lindback Out Indefinitely With Ankle Sprain

In another wave of bad news on the injury front for the Tampa Bay Lightning, it was announced today that goaltender Anders Lindback will be out indefinitely due to a high ankle sprain.

As per Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune, Lindback will go on injured reserve, which means that he will miss a minimum of 7 days.

Lindback took over in net for Mathieu Garon early in the second period of the matchup between the Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. Shortly after Radko Gudas scored his first NHL goal off of Toronto goaltender James Reimer, while the television cameras were trained on Gudas and his goal celebration, Lindback mysteriously skated off of the ice, and Garon reentered the net.

It was initially unknown what the issue with Lindback was until the broadcast was almost over when Rick Peckham from Sun Sports announced that Lindback was day to day with a lower body injury.

However, according to Erlendsson, after further evaluation, it was deemed that Lindback had suffered a high ankle sprain and would need more time to recover.

It is expected that the Tampa Bay Lightning will recall goaltender Cedrick Desjardins from the AHL affiliate Syracuse Crunch to play back up for Mathieu Garon as the Lightning head into a back to back series against the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets, respectively, this weekend.

Lindback has played 21 games so far this season and has a 10-7-1 record. His Goals Allowed Average is 2.88 with a Save % of .903.

The 24 year old, 6’6 Swedish goaltender was acquired by the Lightning in an off-season trade with the Nashville Predators.


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