TORONTO – Tampa Bay Lightning star defender Victor Hedman left the team’s first leg final on Saturday night, after it came out he twisted his right ankle halfway through the first phase of the encounter Philadelphia Flyers.
After a 4-1 loss that secured No. 2 seed in the East Conference for Lightning, Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper had no updates on Hedman’s status or the time he could miss. , although he admits the possibility of his loss making a noticeable hole in Lightning’s roster.
“It’s a bit frustrating because we feel like we’re on the right track and lose some of the power stars we have,” Cooper says, noting that Lightning doesn̵7;t have captain Steven Stamkos either. and played on Saturday except for Hedman’s defensive partner Jan. “We have to go around the wagons.”
Hedman descended unchecked as he turned to slip back on the green road of Tampa Bay with the Flyers Tyler Pitlick driving up the right flank. NHL 2017 Norris Trophy winner got up slowly and broke his cane as he walked down the tunnel to the changing room.
Stamkos is still out of action after injuring his lower body before starting his training tour last month.
The Lightning, East No. 1 seed last season, will play against either Columbus or Toronto in the first round. Blue Jackets and Maple Leafs will play the decisive game 5 on Sunday to end the qualifiers.