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The man behind the Lightning mask

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Lightning goalie Andres Lindback stands tall between the pipes. At 6 foot 6, he's one of the biggest goalies in the league.

He's young, agile and extremely athletic. He's what NHL teams look for in the draft, but Lindback wasn't a first-round pick. He fell to the seventh round because of rare arthritic disease he contracted four years ago: Adult Stills disease.

This goalie is used to taking shots from opponents and from himself.

"I'm doing good," said Lindback. "I'm taking a shot every day, like you said. It's kind of like diabetes, I guess. It's just like regular things to do every day. Like brushing my teeth. It's not a big deal. It works, so I am just happy I'm able to stay healthy and be playing."

Lindback is playing well. He's exactly what the Lightning hoped for when they got him from Nashville. He's a perfect fit, although his taste for country isn't a hit with his new teammates. Especially Victor Hedman, who's hosting Lindback at his home.

"Not yet," said Hedman. "I like a few songs, but not too much. He always has it on in his car and I try to change it. He has his Nashville stations going on like crazy. He likes it so I have to deal with it."

There a lot of sides to this man behind the Lightning mask, including the story behind the mustache on the mask.

"I've always had a mustache for my dad back there [since turning pro]," said Lindback. "It's a little celebration for him. He wears a big mustache, always had. So it's just kind of a funny thing."

In hockey, there is a phrase for when goalies have a great game: that he stood on his head. Anders has done that plenty of times on the ice. Off the ice, he can do it as well. Lindback has been doing handstands since his high school wrestling days in Sweden.

"I can't walk on my hands," said Lindback laughing. "I can do that, but it's nothing I do too often."

The Lightning are just happy if he continues to do what he's been doing in net.


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