Crouching low to guard his right post, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback looked back incredulously at the puck behind him in the net.
It was an innocent shot. It actually looked more like a pass attempt from Sean Couturier that somehow squeaked through whatever minuscule opening Lindback left unprotected. It was the softest of soft goals that opened the scoring 59 seconds into Sunday's game against Philadelphia.
It was an unwelcomed reminder of a year ago – a bad goal allowed on the first shot of the game.
But for the remaining 59 minutes, Lindback sealed things up and didn't allow another goal in a 5-1 Tampa Bay victory.
"You see that goal, and it's something that shouldn't go in, and then right after he made some crazy saves,'' Lightning head coach Guy Boucher said of Lindback. "And just like previous games, at some point he just shuts the door. And that's the mark of great goaltenders.''
Lindback a net gain for Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Tribune | Jan 29