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 goalie Mike Smith sore but recovering after 'small truck' hit

Mike Smith loses his mask and gains pain after being hit by the Devils’ Jamie Langenbrunner and teammate Ryan Malone.


Mike Smith loses his mask and gains pain after being hit by the Devils’ Jamie Langenbrunner and teammate Ryan Malone.

TAMPA — G Mike Smith described his injury as general soreness and stiffness, and said he could have played Saturday without consequence.

Coach Rick Tocchet agreed and said his decision to start Antero Niittymaki against the Hurricanes "wasn't because (Smith) is hurt. I wanted to play Niitty. It's Niitty's turn."

Still, it sounded as if Smith, who said he thought his back was broken Thursday against the Devils when he was run over by New Jersey's Jamie Langen­brunner, didn't mind the day off.

"I got hit by a small truck. It was like I was in a car accident," Smith said of the collision that was intensified by teammate Ryan Malone ramming Langen­brunner into the goalie.

"Usually, the second or third day it's worse, and then you start to turn the corner and get better. I'm not worried. I'll live through it. Hopefully, it doesn't happen very often, and thankfully I wasn't injured more than I was."

Smith said he plans to be ready for Monday's game with the Panthers.

"I should be back and ready to go," he said. "I could probably play (against the Hurricanes) and be fine. But (Niittymaki) deserves a shot, and I'm sure he'll come out and play real well."

He did, with 24 saves. Tocchet called him "a solid professional."

KRAJICEK IN: With D Kurtis Foster still out with a lower-body injury and replacement David Hale out with what the team said was the flu, Lukas Krajicek got his first regular-season action.

"Obviously, anybody would be frustrated if anybody on this team wouldn't play," Krajicek said. "Everybody wants to play the game. So, finally, I'm in, and we'll see how long it stays."

Krajicek had two shots and two blocks in 11:31 of ice time.

FOSTER UPDATE: Tocchet said Foster, who missed his third straight game, needs some "practice and pushing and shoving before he gets out there."

GOAL-ORIENTED: C Vinny Lecavalier and LW Alex Tanguay have zero goals combined, and Tanguay said some frustration is building.

"Both of us are a little frustrated right now," he said. "The pucks aren't going in, but it's been the story of the team. … But when you get chances, they will eventually go in, so we'll just keep on working, and hopefully we can release some of that frustration."

Lecavalier and C Steven Stamkos are tied for the team lead with 20 shots. Tanguay, acquired, in part, to get Lecavalier going, has three.

"They've had a lot of chances. I'd be worried if they weren't getting them," Tocchet said and added:

"They just have to keep playing the right way. They can't cheat. That's the biggest thing with your best players. If they start cheating, then we're in trouble as a team, and that's the one thing we stressed to those guys."

ODDS AND ENDS: LW Radek Smolenak was claimed off waivers from the Blackhawks and assigned to AHL Norfolk. Smolenak was lost to Chicago through waivers during training camp. … Lecavalier won 12 of 16 faceoffs. … Tocchet on adding assistant coach Adam Oates: "We needed to add to the hockey IQ of our coaching staff." … Carolina's Paul Maurice coached his 900th game, with 379 victories.

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Mike Smith sore but recovering after 'small truck' hit 10/10/09 [Last modified: Sunday, October 11, 2009 12:29am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays late-night bullpen shuffle: Alvarado, Pruitt down; Kolarek up


    The Rays shuffled their bullpen again after Tuesday's game, sending down struggling LHP Jose Alvarado along with RHP Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham, and turning next to LHP Adam Kolarek, who will make his major-league debut at age 28,

  2. Rays journal: Alex Cobb brilliant, Alex Colome worrying in 10-inning victory (w/video)

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — RHP Alex Cobb couldn't have been much better for the Rays on Tuesday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning while working eight solid. And Alex Colome couldn't have been much worse, blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead.

    Rays starter Alex Cobb carries a no-hitter into the seventh and pitches eight shutout innings in his best outing of the season.
  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb continues to look better and better, which could make the decision whether to trade him tougher. Cobb had a no-hitter through six and threw his biggest pitch with a 1-0 lead in the seventh, getting Josh Bell to roll into a double play.

  4. For good of the Rays, Tim Beckham should embrace move to second

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — The acquisition of slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria said a lot of things, most notably that the Rays are serious about making in-season moves to bolster their chances to make the playoffs, with a reliever, or two, next on the shopping list.

    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 27:  Tim Beckham #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with teammates after scoring during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 27, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) 700011399
  5. Rays at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Pirates

    7:05, PNC Park, Pittsburgh

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Blake Snell #4 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)