On Monday, the Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender was named the league's first star for the week ending Sunday, after he posted a 3-0-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average in appearances against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers and Washington Capitals. He also had a .975 save percentage and one shutout in the span, helping Tampa Bay earn four consecutive victories to close the regular season with 101 points.
The Lightning earned home-ice advantage against the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Game 1 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Tampa Bay Times Forum.
A native of Gavle, Sweden, Lindback replaced Ben Bishop after Bishop left early in the first period with an upper-body injury during Tampa Bay's victory over Toronto last Tuesday. Lindback has appeared in 23 games this season, earning an 8-12-2 record with a 2.90 goals-against average and an .891 save percentage.
"I try to approach this and see it as a huge opportunity," Lindback said last Thursday. "It's what I've been working hard for every day and all my career."