The Tampa Bay Lightning find themselves now down 3-0 to the Montreal Canadiens in the best-of-seven first-round series. Facing elimination, it certainly would hurt their cause even further if they were without their captain and best scoring threat Steven Stamkos.
The Lightning lost 3-2 to the Canadiens on Sunday. Stamkos left the game temporarily and was shaken up after taking a knee to the head in the second period. Stamkos did return to begin the third period, adding a pair of assists in a losing cause.
“Our staff said he was good to go and Steven said he was OK…so he played,” said Tampa Bay’s head coach Jon Cooper, as per David Amber of CBC.
“It was just something I tried to shake off,” said Stamkos, as per NHL.com. “Obviously, games like this you don’t want to miss any time, so I want to be out there as much as I can to help our team win. It was close tonight, but not good enough.”
Game 4 of this series goes Tuesday night in Montreal.
Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.
The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.
Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.
Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.
Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.
During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.
It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.
As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.
Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.