Tampa Bay Lightning dominated the ice during the Friday night for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. They did this despite the absence of the team’s center, Brayden Point, who sustained an injury during the Game 2 against the New York Islanders.
The Lightning’s top center went to the locker room for treatment and did not return. This was after a shift in the second period Wednesday. According to the Tampa Bay Times reported that Point, who is the No. 1 center Tampa Bay, may have twisted a hamstring.
Coach Jon Cooper provided no details regarding the injury or Point’s status after Game 2. He only mentioned that there was “a possibility” Point would not make it to Game 3. The National Hockey League (NHL) rules prohibit teams in the bubble from disclosing information about injuries or illnesses.
Cooper remained unsure after the team’s morning skate Friday. There was a hint of optimism earlier in the day as Point was spotted on the ice for morning skate.
Tampa Bay concluded Game 2 with just 9 nine forwards. This is after Alex Killorn’s and Point’s exit first-period game misbehavior for boarding the Islanders’ Brock Nelson. Killorn was suspended by the NHL for Game 3.