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Lightning G Anders Lindback has high snkle sprain; Desjardins on way from AHL Syracuse

Anders Lindback was injured during the third period of Wednesday's loss to the Maple Leafs.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Anders Lindback was injured during the third period of Wednesday's loss to the Maple Leafs.

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The Lightning got even more bad injury news on Thursday when it was announced goaltender Anders Lindback, hurt during the third period of Wednesday's loss to the Maple Leafs, has a high ankle sprain.

No estimate was given as to a recovery time, but the injury to his right ankle is tricky. For example, Ottawa's Craig Anderson has been out with the same injury since Feb. 21.

Lindback said he felt a pop in his ankle when he put his skate up against the post while stopping a shot.

"Our goaltender had really picked up his game," coach Guy Boucher said. "He was really showing us what we were hoping adn expecting from him, and it was juast starting to pay off; you could really feel it. So, one, I feel bad for him. He's such a good kid and worked so hard to stabilize his game."

In five starts since his forced eight days off, Lindback has a 1.81 goals-against average and .941 save percentage. He made seven saves on eight shots against Toronto after coming in for Mathieu Garon, who had been pulled.

Garon will get the bulk of the work until Lindback recovers. He might even play both games of this weekend's back-to-back Saturday and Sunday at Ottawa and Winnipeg. Cedrick Desjardins will be re-called from AHL Syracuse.

Lindback's injury continues a difficult stretch for Tampa Bay, who also is without forwards Ryan Malone (left shoulder), Ben Pouliot (right shoulder) and Vinny Lecavalier (fractured left foot).

"It's tough," center Steven Stamkos said. "A lot of good players we have injured. That's always something easy to say as an excuse, but we have some very impactful players that are out. When you look at it, it's tough to stay positive. it's tough to try to find good things."

[Last modified: Thursday, March 21, 2013 4:13pm]

    

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