The dark, dreary cloud hanging over the Lightning these days followed the team to Ottawa, where the gray clouds welcomed the team to Canada's capital city on Thursday.

It seemed only fitting for a Tampa Bay team suddenly besieged by injuries to have such a shadow cast. Goaltender Anders Lindback joined captain Vinny Lecavalier, Ryan Malone and Benoit Pouliot among those to land on injured reserve.

That point was driven home as Lindback strolled off the team bus sporting a walking boot on his right foot to protect what the team is calling an ankle sprain suffered Wednesday in Toronto that will keep him out of the lineup indefinitely. Tampa Bay called up goaltender Cedrick Desjardins, along with forward Richard Panik, from Syracuse of the American Hockey League to fill out the roster.

Lindback, who came on in relief early in the second period, left Wednesday's loss to Toronto midway through the third after he jammed his right foot into the post.

"I felt something pop right above the ankle," Lindback said. "I mean, it felt OK standing up and then they came down and took a shot. I went down again, (and) I put the foot in about the same situation and I knew something wasn't great. But they are saying it's not too severe. It's pretty much in one spot. It's not too far up in the leg, so hopefully it will be a quick recovery."

But ankle sprains to a goaltender, particularly high ankle sprains, can be tricky to recover from. Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson was diagnosed with one when he left a game on Feb. 21, and at the time he wasn't expected to miss much time. Thursday was Anderson's 13th consecutive game missed, and there are no signs he will return any time soon.

"I can walk on it, it's fine. I don't feel anything," Lindback said. "It's more that situation when you go down in the butterfly, it's not a normal situation for the foot to be in, and when you twist it out, so every time I do that, that's when the pain appears."

With Lindback on injured reserve, which requires a minimum seven days, Tampa Bay coach Guy Boucher figures to hand the net over to veteran Mathieu Garon to try to salvage what remains of the team's playoff chances with 18 games left in the season.