UNIONDALE, NY -- When Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman dealt for goaltender Anders Lindback in June, he said his preference was to fill their crease void with someone younger and not heavily experienced.
Picking up a goalie from the Nashville Predators system is always a wise recommendation, and it's a move Yzerman is banking on for the future.
During Monday's 4-3 matinee loss to the New York Islanders, Lindback made 40 saves, a keeping his team in the game early. The Islanders scored three times in the second period, a deficit that Lightning coach Guy Boucher said was the result of the impatience of his players and trying to open up the game.
"You want to rely on your goaltender, but you don't want to rely that much like we did today," said Boucher. "Last game [6-3 win over Washington] we played terrific defense and today that wasn't the case. We did good in the first; we did pretty good in the third; but in the second period we opened it up and it cost us. We can't leave him alone like that. It's great that he makes those saves, but at the same time he should never be left that many times alone. Too many breakaways and 2-on-1s."
More often than not, Lindback making those types of saves will result in Tampa earning two points instead of zero. The Lightning was limited to 15 shots through the first two periods, something that won't happen regularly to a top-10 offense. And Lindback will soon settle into his position as Tampa's No. 1 netminder, even after a short training camp.
"Communication works fine," said Lindback. "It will get better. It's a process. It's nothing that will happen over a two-week period. It's going to take some time. I feel pretty comfortable in there."
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