After the Lightning turned to Anders Lindback in six of the first seven games, Mathieu Garon got the nod in goal Saturday night in the second of rare home games on consecutive nights.
The start was the first for Garon since he beat Carolina on Jan. 22, a game in which he made 35 stops in a 4-1 victory.
"His last game, he had a .967 (save percentage) so he deserved to be back there before that,'' Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. "But we have a youngster that we are trying to groom and trying to give him some ice time. There were some games I probably could have thrown Mathieu out there, but the plan is to give the young guy as many games as we can so that he can catch up on the games he has missed the past two years.''
Lindback entered the season with 38 games in two NHL seasons while playing behind Pekka Rinne in Nashville. To this point, Boucher said Lindback has done well under the heavier-than-normal workload.
"He's just very, very upbeat and works so hard and has an unbelievable attitude,'' Boucher said. "It's not just skill, he's got the whole package. He would have taken (Saturday's) game for sure, but I feel that Mathieu has waited long enough, too long maybe, for what he deserved.''
Garon gets another start
Tampa Tribune | Feb 3