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Victor Hedman doesn’t have a concussion.

Mar 3, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are without Victor Hedman on Saturday for the fourth straight game, but there’s some light at the end of the tunnel. After being tested by a specialist on Friday, Hedman got a bit of very good news: he does not have a concussion.

“He’s making great progress, and if things keep going the way they’re going, we’re hopeful he’ll be back to play within the next week,” Lightning head athletic trainer Tommy Mulligan said. “Throughout the week he’s seen a few doctors and we wanted to evaluate and see how he’s doing. There’s no concerns for anything long-term, no issues. He’s relieved.”

We can certainly understand why. If hockey fans have learned anything about concussions over the last several seasons, it’s that they’re very difficult to put a timetable around. Even concussions that are initially described as mild sometimes keep a player on the sidelines for months. The fact that the Lightning could have Hedman back next week is a huge boost as the team battles for a playoff spot.

  1. lsxphotog - Mar 4, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Terrific news for Tampa. Hedman changed his playing style upon his return after the All-Star break from his concussion. It showed a hit of his capabilities to generate offense. He has a killer wrist shot, slap shot, and can make some creamy passes from across the ice on the forecheck.

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