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Lightning’s Hedman banged up against Flyers

Mar 18, 2013, 9:56 PM EDT

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Whether the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Philadelphia Flyers or not, Monday’s game could be costly for the bumbling Bolts.

Crucial defenseman Victor Hedman appeared to hurt his wrist after being hit by Flyers tough guy Zac Rinaldo in the second period. Tampa Tribune reporter Erik Erlendsson points out that he hasn’t been back on the ice since.

There’s no word from the Lightning about the severity of his issue, including whether it’s actually a wrist injury.

Losing Hedman, 22, for a substantial amount of time would be a harsh blow for the Lightning. The second overall pick of the 2009 draft is really coming into his own, averaging just under 23 minutes per night while scoring 13 points in 28 games.

It’s possible that Rinaldo, 22, also injured Ryan Malone. NBC’s Brian Engblom believes he might have delivered a high hit on the rugged 33-year-old, who’s been struggling with injuries for much of this season.

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    The wrist hunter !

    • holeecowman - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      i didnt see crosby and friends there wtf r u talking about

  2. manchestermiracle - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Good game and a gritty win for the Bolts. Stamkos getting his 200th goal with three seconds left to seal it was cool.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 19, 2013 at 12:42 AM

      An empty netter was “cool”
      I guess it doesn’t take much to amuse you.

      • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        Someone’s jimmies are rustled

  3. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 19, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    That is a shame when a far lesser player who’s merely on the ice to hit injures someone relevent to the league’s future. Rinaldo did exactly what the Flyers pay him to do.

    I’ve been enjoying the hell out of watching Hedman play this year – hope it’s just a flesh wound – he’ll be one of the league’s best D-men within the next 3-5 years.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Mar 19, 2013 at 5:17 PM

      Did you see Neil PO when Lucic turned around ?

      • hockeywithdrawal - Mar 19, 2013 at 6:29 PM

        Lucic threw a punch – for no reason – because he’s there to be a goon. Adds very little to the NHL. Neal punched him back, to stand up, and backed off. Looked clean to me. Neal stayed on the ice next shift – Lucic did not. Puss Goon.

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