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Injury to Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Mathieu Garon not believed serious

Brandon Sutter of the Penguins gets hit by a shot in front of Lightning goalie Mathieu Garon.

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Brandon Sutter of the Penguins gets hit by a shot in front of Lightning goalie Mathieu Garon.



Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Mathieu Garon said he felt a lot better Tuesday and does not believe his lower-body injury is serious.

In fact, Garon, listed as day to day, said he hopes to be ready to play “in a couple of days.”

“We’ll have to test it on the ice, but in a couple of days, hopefully, I’ll be good.”

In the meantime, Cedrick Desjardins was called up from AHL Syracuse and will be the backup to Anders Lindback tonight at New Jersey.

Garon, who was having another superb game Monday against the Penguins, was hurt early in the second period as he twisted himself to prepare for a shot. And he, in fact, made a terrific save on Evgeni Malkin’s one-timer from in front of the net.

But at the next break in the action, Garon was looked at by head athletic trainer Tommy Mulligan and left the game at 2:19 of the period after stopping 12 of 13 shots.

Garon, whose 2011-12 season ended in a March 6 game against the Senators because of a torn groin, said his current injury has nothing to do with any previous problem, though he declined to give specifics

So did coach Guy Boucher

“It’s day-to-day,” he said. “We’ll see but right now it’s not something to fall off a bridge for.”

Garon has played in six consecutive games for Tampa Bay, including five starts. He is just 1-4-0 in that stretch but has a respectable 2.61 goals-against average and .912 save percentage.

Other stuff from the morning: Left wing Ryan Malone will miss his 13th game with a lower body injury. Boucher said malone had a hard practice Tuesday, the results of which might go a long way to determining when Malone plays, but it will not be against the Devils. … Other than Lindback in net and Desjardins as the backup, Boucher said he will go with the same lineup as in Monday’s 4-3 loss to the Penguins. … Ondrej Palat got good reviews for his first NHL game Monday in which he had 9:28 of ice time and his first NHL point, an assist, on Tom Pyatt’s goal. “The guys are bigger and quicker and the first couple of shifts I looked around, how is it to play in the NHL,” Palat said. “But after a couple of shifts I felt pretty comfortable and played my game.” As for gaining his first NHL point, Palat said, “I’m very happy, but too bad we lost the game.” … Pyatt could have sustained some major damage Monday when Nate Thompson’s deflected shot hit him under his nose. Instead, the puck deflected off him and floated past crouching goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Pyatt said he didn’t even know he had scored until his teammates began celebrating. “I was down on my knees checking my teeth,” Pyatt said. … Another reason we like Pierre-Cedric Labrie. When Pittsburgh’s Deryk Engelland slipped and fell during his fight with Labrie, Labrie stopped fighting. “I fought him before, like three years ago in Manitoba,” Labrie said. “I remember I slipped and while I was down he just stopped, a loyal player. I respect that kind of player for sure.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 4:14pm]


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