As if losing Game 4 wasn’t enough, the Penguins also lost Trevor Daley to a lower-body injury on Friday night.
With just over nine minutes remaining in the second period, Lightning forward Ryan Callahan hit Daley into the boards. Daley struggled to get back to his feet and needed help getting off the ice. Callahan’s hit (which was clean) seemed innocent enough, but the end result definitely didn’t look good.
Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan’s post-game injury update was rather vague (surprise, surprise).
But Daley was spotted leaving the arena in crutches and a cast.
Losing Daley for an extended period of time would be a tough pill to swallow for Pittsburgh. The 32-year-old has been an integral part of the team since being acquired from the Blackhawks in December.
Daley had six goals and 22 points while averaging 20:27 of ice time in 53 games after the trade. He has one goal and six points 15 postseason games in 2016. Daley was averaging just over 22 minutes per game in the playoffs.
If Daley’s out long-term, the Penguins will need other players to step up in his absence.