Tampa Bay Lightning reveal long list of playoff injuries
If there’s one team that knows what it takes to win the Stanley Cup, it’s the Tampa Bay Lightning.
And while they may have missed a hat-trick, we now have a better idea of the sacrifices the players made to try and win another championship.
On Tuesday, the members of the Lightning met the press for their end-of-season media availability, during which general manager Julien BriseBois revealed details about the numerous injuries suffered by his players during their journey to the Cup Final.
Many hockey fans have finally received answers about the ailments suffered by Tampa stars like Brayden Point, who made just nine playoff games due to a “significant” quadruple tear.
Many were also curious about what forward Anthony Cirelli went through, after clumsily injuring his arm in Tampa’s Game 4 loss at home. A camera in the Lightning locker room showed teammate Pat Maroon helping Cirelli put on his jersey during the second intermission.
Despite posting an impressive 27 points in 23 playoff games, forward Nikita Kucherov hasn’t had as much of an impact as he would have liked in some games. Some fans’ theories about his health were validated when BriseBois announced that Kucherov was playing with an MCL sprain.
Defenseman Ryan McDonagh led the playoffs in blocked shots with 69 and paid the price for putting his body on the line, suffering a crippled finger due to bravery in his own end.
His defensive partner Erik Cernak himself contributed 45 blocked shots along the way and was visibly injured throughout the final, although no update was given on any injuries he suffered. .
Of course, Tampa wasn’t alone in dealing with injuries, as the Avalanche missed key players throughout the run and played others through their own pain. After winning the Cup on Sunday, striker Valeri Nichushkin shared a photo of his injured foot on Instagram.
Everything for the Cup.
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