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No change in Lightning plan for goalies to share load

Goalie Anders Lindback starts the season opener.

Goalie Anders Lindback starts the season opener.

BOSTON — Anders Lindback started in net for the Lightning against the Bruins on Thursday, but that doesn't mean he plays Saturday in Chicago or Tuesday in Buffalo.

That is the consequence of not having a No. 1 goalie, and coach Jon Cooper reiterated the plan for now is for Lindback and Ben Bishop to share duties.

In other words, the schedule for playing time is flexible. "It's like being day-to-day," Cooper said.

"It's good. You have to play well to play," Bishop said. "It's not given to you. You have to earn it."

Lindback got the nod against Boston, Cooper said, because he had the most recent work — in Saturday's preseason finale — and he played well the last time Tampa Bay was at TD Garden, a 2-0 loss with 22 saves in April.

Still, Bishop had better preseason stats: 2-0 with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage. Lindback was 1-2 with a 3.27 goals-against average and a .884 save percentage.

"Both guys had times when they were exceptional and times they were average," Cooper said. "We just felt (Thursday) was Anders' night. He hung in there with us. He's been competing. He deserves a shot."

After that, we wait and see, though Cooper said his plan on this three-game road trip is to give one goalie two games.

"I look at it in a good way," Lindback said of the shared workload. "It pushes me. I have to play good every practice, every game, all the time. It keeps the pressure on."

"We have two extremely capable NHL goalies," Cooper said. "Someone will rise to the top."

SALO OUT: Despite skating Thursday morning, D Sami Salo sat out because of what the team called an upper-body injury.

Mark Barberio, a scheduled scratch, took his place. That put six rookies in the lineup, including defensemen Andrej Sustr and Radko Gudas, and forwards Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Richard Panik.

Sustr, 6 feet 8, 225 pounds, has just three NHL games but looked comfortable, with three shots and a block in 20:03 of ice time.

Barberio, despite a bad pass that led to Chris Kelly's breakaway and penalty shot in the 3-1 loss, was plus-1 with a block in 16:26 of ice time.

QUITE A STREAK: Including playoffs, Tampa Bay has lost 10 straight in Boston, where it is 4-30-3 with six ties.

QUITE A RECORD: The Bruins are the first NHL team to score its first goal of the season on a penalty shot.

ALTERNATE PLANS: With three alternate captains — Steven Stamkos, Matt Carle and Nate Thompson — one will be without an "A" each game. Stamkos is constant. Thompson will be an alternate on the road, Carle at home the first half of the season, vice versa for the second.

"I'm not the kind of guy who is going to stand up and scream in the locker room," said Carle, an alternate with Thompson on the U.S. team at this year's world championship tournament. "But I can be somebody the young guys look up to based on what I do on a daily basis and try to be a guy who leads by example."

ODDS AND ENDS: LW Alex Killorn, who played at Harvard, had 20 friends at the game. … D Keith Aulie and F Tom Pyatt were scratched. … Tampa Bay is 12-7-0 with two ties in season openers, 7-14-0 in road openers.

No change in Lightning plan for goalies to share load 10/03/13 [Last modified: Friday, October 4, 2013 12:22am]
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