SM-Liiga Game Night: 12-7-12
Ilves 1 @ KalPa 2 (OT)
Anders Lindback, Ilves, L, 0.92 GAA, 40/41 (.976 SV%)
Season totals: 12 GP, 3-6-3, 2 SO, 2.54 GAA, 388/419 (.926 SV%)
Anders Lindback, who came into the game was stellar again in net for Ilves, fending off plenty of rubber to keep the visitors in the game and a shot at winning but Derek Stepan won the game for KalPa in the shootout. Former Bolt prospect Matias Sointu scored Ilves lone goal early in the third period which pushed the match into the extra session. For his efforts, Lindback was awarded the game's second star and, though his shutout streak ended at 160 consecutive minutes. Lindback has really come on strong after league action resumed following the break in early November for the Karjala Cup and his improvement has culminated in an absolutely dominant stretch of play over the past three matches during which he has posted a 0.32 GAA and .990 SV%. And only won one game. It would be one thing if Lindback was playing for one of the top clubs and behind one of the better defenses in the league but he isn't, routinely gets peppered and often gets minimal goal support. Ilves (5-16-3-5, 26 points) returns home to face HIFK (12-12-1-5, 43 points) on Saturday.