So, I think we can all join together and send a big group apology to Tampa Bay Lightning netminder Anders Lindback whose performances in the last games against Philadelphia and Columbus were stellar, especially compared to the games he played prior.
Yes, we do owe him that because I heard hundreds, nay, thousands of you bad-mouthing him as we lost to Washington and Edmonton, and a lot of it wasn’t his fault. I had my doubts, too, but he seems to have become a dependable NHL goalie, despite the team letting him down and making him work much harder than he needed to at times (10 straight minutes in our zone for the first half of the first period against Columbus? Really?)
Previously, Lindback seemed to have problems controlling rebounds and even tracking the puck, at times losing it completely, but in those last two games, he had lightning fast reflexes (pun intended) and defensive pokes to keep that wily puck out of the net.
I’m almost a little sorry he won’t be continuing those excellent performances with tonight’s game against the Rangers, because he can only keep improving. Now, a 2-2 record while filling in for Ben Bishop is not that bad for someone with not that many NHL games under his belt, and with more games comes more experience and confidence. It’s a good thing.
Speaking of netminders, the Bolts had called up Cedric Desjardins from Syracuse as backup goalie while Ben Bishop was injured, and you may not know the story of his lost goalie gear. Since the team was on the road, Desjardins had to fly to catch up to them, but his gear never caught up with him and for the next 3 games he was forced to borrow pads from the opposing teams or use old gear he’d left at Tampa previously. This morning’s Tampa Bay Times Lightning Beat (14 Jan 2014) told of a bogus Twitter account (@CeddysPads) that supposedly posted its travels, including photo-shopped pictures of the pads at the Golden Globes in LA, on the beach, and at various national monuments.
Check it out; it’s really quite clever. And the pads have quite the attitude.