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Lightning likely to recall a goaltender from Syracuse

The Tampa Bay Lightning may be calling Syracuse for a goaltender on Tuesday.

Ben Bishop suffered a lower body injury late in the first period Monday against Pittsburgh.

Jon Cooper wasn’t sure exactly when the injury occurred, but there was a span in the final 90 seconds where the Penguins directed several shots at Bishop.

As Steve Downie was whistled for a tripping minor, Bishop was seen getting up quite slowly.

Bishop allowed a goal on five shots before being replaced by Evgeni Nabokov.

Nabokov finished with 18 saves in the 4-2 loss to the Penguins.

“Well we play in less than 24 hours so if he pulled himself out tonight… be hard (for him) to go in less than 24 hours,” said Cooper.

Tampa Bay visits Philadelphia Tuesday and has back to back games against the Devils and Islanders on Friday and Saturday.

“It happened late (in the first). He said he couldn’t go,” Cooper said. “Its tough, he’s a big part of our team.”

Bishop entered Monday night’s game with a 16-6-2 record to go along a 2.34 goals against average.

Andrei Vasilevskiy and Kristers Gudlevskis are the two goaltenders on the Syracuse Crunch roster.

Vasilevskiy is 8-3-3 with a 2.34 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage to go along with two shutouts. He was named the AHL’s Player of the Week on Monday.

Gudlevskis meanwhile is 8-4-0 with a 3.03 G.A.A. and an .898 save percentage.

Bolts add goalie depth, sign ex-Blue Jacket York to AHL deal


With Ben Bishop, Evgeni Nabokov, Latvian Olympic hero Kristers Gudlevskis and ’12 first-rounder Andrei Vasilevski in the fold, Tampa Bay isn’t exactly a team needing more depth in goal — but that’s what the Lightning added on Tuesday, signing former Columbus netminder Allen York to an AHL deal.

The move was announced by Tampa Bay assistant GM Julien BriseBois and is reportedly of the two-way variety (in the AHL, not NHL). It could provide some stability for the 25-year-old York, who split last season between four American League clubs (Charlotte, Texas, Rockford and Syracuse) and two ECHL teams (Evansville and South Carolina).

It’s been a rocky road for York since making his NHL debut in 2011-12 with Columbus. The former R.P.I. standout actually posted quality numbers that year — in 11 games with the Jackets, he went 3-2-0 with a .919 save percentage and 2.30 GAA — but failed to latch on with the club long-term, and has bounced around ever since.


Nabokov signs with Bolts to back up Bishop

Evgeni Nabokov

The Tampa Bay Lightning have found their No. 2 goalie for next season, agreeing to terms with veteran netminder Evgeni Nabokov on a one-year deal.

The Lightning, who didn’t qualify last year’s backup — RFA Anders Lindback, now with Dallas — will go into next year with a proven NHLer behind No. 1 Ben Bishop, allowing young prospects Kristers Gudlevskis and Andrei Vasilevski to hone their craft in AHL Syracuse.

Nabokov, who turns 39 in July, spent last year on Long Island, where he posted a 15-14-8 record with a .905 save percentage and 2.74 GAA. Though his time with the Islanders was occasionally acrimonious, “Nabby” did provide enough quality goaltending to send New York to the playoffs in 2013, going 23-11-7 with a .910 save percentage and 2.50 GAA.

Per The Hockey News, Nabokov’s deal is for $1.55 million.



Discover ‘Road to the Cup’: Montreal Canadiens

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The Montreal Canadiens hold a special distinction in Canada — they’re the last of the seven Canadian teams to have captured the Stanley Cup, defeating the Los Angeles Kings in 1993.

This year, they’re looking to bring Lord Stanley’s Mug back across the 49th parallel.

Montreal currently finds itself down 0-2 in the Eastern Conference Final to the New York Rangers, but has shown great resiliency in getting to this point — suggesting they won’t go down to the Blueshirts without a fight.

Let’s take a look at how the Habs got here…

Round 1: Beat Tampa Bay 4-0

Montreal scored the lone sweep of the ’14 playoffs (thus far) by dispatching of a Tampa Bay team that actually finished ahead of the Canadiens in the Atlantic Division standings, and held home-ice advantage in Round 1. The big key to the Habs’ opening-round win was goaltending — specifically, Tampa Bay’s lack of it. With Bolts starter Ben Bishop unable to go due to an elbow injury, Anders Lindback was forced into No. 1 duties and struggled mightily, surrendering 14 goals over the four games and twice getting yanked in favor of Kristers Gudlevskis.

Offensively, the Habs were paced by Rene Bourque (three goals) and Lars Eller (five points) in what proved to be an easy four-game broom job of the Bolts.

Round 2: Beat Boston 4-3

In one of the most exciting series to date, the Habs dispatched of their longtime rivals thanks in large part to the stellar play of Carey Price. His 48-save masterpiece in double-OT of Game 1 was one of the finest efforts of his career, but he’ll largely be remembered for clutch performances in elimination situations in Games 6 and 7, when he allowed just one goal on a combined 56 shots, winning the final game in TD Garden in front of a silenced Bruins crowd.

Price wasn’t the only Canadien to come up big against the Bruins, however. After struggling through most of the series, Max Pacioretty — who finished fourth in the NHL in goals this year, with 39 — came alive in Games 6 and 7, scoring three points (which included the game-winning goal in Game 7.) Montreal also got great production from defenseman P.K. Subban throughout the series, as he finished with seven points in seven games.

Of course, many of the good vibes from Montreal’s opening two rounds were wiped out when Price was hurt in Game 1 of the Rangers series, and ruled out for the remainder of the Eastern Conference Final. If the Habs are going to show the same resiliency they displayed in the Boston series, they’ll need 24-year-old replacement goalie Dustin Tokarski to show up on the big stage, starting with tonight’s affair at MSG.

Yzerman: ‘We’ve got to sort out our goaltending’

Steve Yzerman

Next year promises to be an interesting one in goal for Tampa Bay.

The Lightning will go into 2014-15 with Vezina finalist Ben Bishop as the unquestioned No. 1 — assuming he sufficiently recovers from wrist surgery, of course — but with some questions about who’ll play behind Bishop, and with their AHL affiliate in Syracuse.

“We’ve got to sort out our goaltending,” GM Steve Yzerman said this week, per the Tampa Tribune.

Right now, the mix includes backup Anders Lindback (a pending RFA), Latvian Olympic hero Kristers Gudlevskis (signed through 2016), ’12 first-rounder Andrei Vasilevskiy (who just inked his entry-level deal) and University of Minnesota’s Adam Wilcox (a Mike Richter Award nominee this year as the NCAA’s top netminder).

The only two under contract for next year are Gudlevskis and Vasilevskiy; Lindback might’ve played his way out of town with a sub-par effort against Montreal in the playoffs and Wilcox, who just wrapped his sophomore campaign with the Gophers, could return for his junior year.

Here’s more, from the Tribune:

The Lightning could use either Vasilevskiy or Gudlevskis as Bishop’s backup. Vasilevskiy certainly has been impressive playing against men in the KHL. And Yzerman said that despite the small sample size, Gudleveskis, 21, the first goalie to play in the ECHL, AHL, NHL and Olympics in the same season, showed enough to at least get into the conversation as a possible No. 2.

Don’t discount the possibility of Yzerman using one of his goaltending chips in trade. In fact, Gudlevskis might be trade bait if the team wants Vasilevskiy as Bishop’s backup and Wilcox under contract.

It’ll be interesting to see what Tampa does behind Bishop for the No. 2 gig. While the NHL’s tallest netminder enjoyed a breakthrough campaign this year, there are still some concerns moving forward: 1) Prior to this year, Bishop never played in more than 22 games in a single season; 2) His heavy workload this season seemed to wear him down physically as, in addition to the wrist problem, Bishop also suffered a dislocated elbow that ruled him out for the playoffs.

As such, Yzerman might consider bringing a more veteran presence in to stabilize things should Bishop not produce at a similar clip. The problem there, of course, is it would add another goalie to what’s already a crowded situation in Tampa Bay.