Thursday’s proving to be a lousy night for the Bolts.
Having already lost d-man Nikita Nesterov — he was tossed for an ugly hit from behind — the Lightning are now without the services of Victor Hedman, who was ruled out after taking a bit hit from Dallas captain Jamie Benn.
The hit occurred in the second period and Hedman exited immediately. Benn wasn’t penalized on the play, and Tampa Bay officially ruled out Hedman’s return midway through the third.
While the club didn’t release the nature of his injury or severity, it’s worth pointing out that Hedman has a history with concussions, missing 13 games with one during the ’11-12 campaign.