Lightning Lose Victor Hedman, Torched By Flames

Hedman Exits Game In Second Period With Lower Body Injury

Tampa Bay Lightning
AP Photo: Chris O’Meara

Victor Hedman departed tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames  in the second period with a lower body injury.

Hedman attempted to put a hit on Garnet Hathaway who turned to absorb the hit. In the process his right knee made contact with Hedman’s lower left leg causing it to bend awkwardly. He could not put weight on the knee as he was helped off the ice and to the locker room.

Hedman, named to the All-Star team, is having an outstanding season with 33-points (6-27–33) and leads the league with a plus/minus rating of +24.

Micheal Ferland, Johnny Gaudreau, Sam Bennett, Mark Jankowski, and Matthew Tkachuk scored for the Flames who defeated the Lightning 5-1 to improve to 23-17-4 on the year. It was their fifth win in a row.

Brayden Point scored for the Lightning who fall to 31-10-3. It’s important to keep the loss in perspective. As Erik Erlendsson (Twitter) of Lightning Insider points out, this is the Lightning’s seventh game in the last 12 days, practice time has been limited, and it’s only their 10th regulation loss of the season.

Lightning Notes: 

  • Brayden Point scored his 17th goal of the season. He now has 40-points (17-13–40). The 40-points matches his career high set last season (43 games).
  • Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat each picked up assist on Point’s goal.
  • It was Johnson’s 19th assist on the year.  He has tallied six points (4-2–6) over last four games and has points in 18 of his past 21 (12-14–26).
  • Ondrej Palat has four assists in his last three games and eight assists over his last nine.
  • Cedric Paquette was unable to capitalize on a penalty shot.
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed five goals. It was the fourth time this season he’s allowed five or more goals in a game. It was his tenth game allowing five or more goals in his career.
  • The Lightning have the week off and resume play next Thursday,January 18th against the Vegas Golden Knights at Amalie Arena.
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