Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund still bugged by ankle injury

RALEIGH, N.C. — Considering it was supposed to be a minor inconvenience, the suspected right ankle injury of D Mattias Ohlund has been a major pain.

Ohlund, hurt Nov. 14 against the Kings when, he said, his skate caught in the St. Pete Times Forum ice, said he will not play until Wednesday against the Maple Leafs at the earliest.

"In a perfect world, yeah," Ohlund said Saturday. "But first I have to get back on the ice."

Ohlund, who hasn't skated since Monday, said that could happen "in the next day or two."

"It's just one of those things," he said. "When it happened, I didn't think it was anything, but it's been very slow. But I feel better every day."

Losing Ohlund has been significant. He is plus-2 with six assists and leads Tampa Bay with an average 24:33 of ice time. But coach Rick Tocchet said he will not rush Ohlund's recovery.

"Like I've said, we're going to be real cautious on this," he said. "If it's going to take a couple days after (Wednesday), I'm all for it. A guy like him logs a lot of minutes. We want to make sure he's fairly healthy."

Lundin, Smaby called up: Defensemen Mike Lundin and Matt Smaby were called up from AHL Norfolk.

Lundin, with two goals and 11 points in 20 games for the Admirals, will add depth to a blue line down to six available players. Tocchet made it sound as if he could play today against the Thrashers.

Smaby, who has not played an NHL game this season, for the second time had a conditioning assignment cut short because of an upper-body injury, though Tocchet said this injury is different from the first.

Making his point: Zenon Konopka doesn't hesitate to make fun of himself for having zero points. But Tocchet said the fourth-line center contributes in ways not on the score sheet.

Take Thursday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Ducks. Tampa Bay was down 2-0 when Konopka picked a second-period fight with RW Mike Brown. Though Anaheim went up 3-0 before the Lightning roared back to tie, Tocchet said he saw an immediate spark.

"People say, 'Ah, I don't believe in that stuff,' " Tocchet said. "But it worked for us. To me, that's as good as a point. That's an assist."

"I wasn't going to take no for an answer," Konopka, tied for second in the league with seven fights entering Saturday, said of challenging Brown. "You've got to trust your instincts. I felt it was the right time."

Tough times: Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice said a recent winless stretch of 14 games, including a seven-game losing streak, was the most challenging of his career:

"These things either get you closer together or a whole lot farther apart. You're just watching for signs that it's going either way and try to encourage that they stay in the fight."

Odds and ends: The Lightning lost in regulation on the road for the first time in six games (3-1-2). … Tampa Bay is on a 0-6-2 streak in Carolina. … G Antero Niittymaki, expected to play today in Atlanta, is 13-0 against the Thrashers. … LW Alex Tanguay turned 30 but did not get a shaving cream pie in the face.

Damian Cristodero can be reached at

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mattias Ohlund still bugged by ankle injury 11/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, November 21, 2009 11:59pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. No. 12 FSU, freshman QB James Blackman struggle in 27-21 loss to N.C. State


    TALLAHASSEE — Whatever was left of No. 12 Florida State's College Football Playoff hopes suffered a massive, likely fatal, blow Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium.

    Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Nyqwan Murray (8) carries during the first quarter of the Florida State Seminoles game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack on September 23, 2017, at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.  At the half, North Carolina State Wolfpack 17, Florida State Seminoles 10.
  2. Trump tells Warriors star Stephen Curry that White House visit is off


    SOMERSET, N.J. — Stephen Curry and President Donald Trump agree on one thing: The Golden State star is not going to the White House anytime soon.

    Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry poses for photos during NBA basketball team media day Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. [Associated Press]
  3. For starters: Rays at Orioles, facing another old friend in Jeremy Hellickson


    UPDATE, 3:29: Here is the Rays lineup, with Duda at 1B and Morrison the DH:

  4. Bucs have chance to beat Vikings in their third stadium


    Here's a cool sign that the Bucs are getting up there as an NFL franchise: If Tampa Bay can win Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, it will mark the first time the Bucs have posted road wins against the same NFL opponent in three different stadiums.

    TIMES ARCHIVES (2012) | Bucs RB Doug Martin runs during Tampa Bay's 36-17 win at the Vikings in 2012, in what was then called Mall of America Field. If Tampa Bay wins Sunday, it will mark the first time they have road wins against the same NFL opponent in three different stadiums.
  5. NFL commissioner, players' union angrily denounce Trump comments on national anthem


    SOMERSET, N.J. — The National Football League and its players' union on Saturday angrily denounced President Donald Trump for suggesting that owners fire players who kneel during the national anthem …

    President Donald Trump walks off the stage after he speaks at campaign rally in support of Sen. Luther Strange, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Huntsville, Ala. [Associated Press]