Tampa Bay started out awful, with the Leafs out-shooting, out-hustling and completely dominating for 30 minutes. The result was even more horrendous though, as Mathieu Garon was yanked early in the second period after allowing three goals on 13 shots.
Anders Lindback then took over, saving all but the first shot he faced, before pulling himself from net midway through period 3. Early reports indicate he has a lower-body injury and is listed day-to day. Cedrick Desjardins, who blew a three-goal lead in his only NHL action this season, will be called up from AHL Syracuse.
For a team that had high hopes of making it to the postseason, this news just ends up being the icing on a disappointing season filled with bad bounces, injuries and so forth.
There was another scary moment for the Lightning during tonight’s game, as Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul had an elbow to the head of defenseman Victor Hedman. Already the victim of a big hit laid by Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo Monday night, Hedman looked dazed while getting up, but finished the game. Lupul, on the other hand, could be facing a hearing and possible suspension for this reckless play.
Radko Gudas netted his first Lightning goal, while Cory Conacher scored and consistently drove the net in what was kind of like a homecoming game.
Now, the Lightning have two days to regroup before facing the Ottawa Senators Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. It might be easy to give up, but don’t expect that from Tampa Bay.