Friday, April 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Hit gives Lightning's Jonathan Drouin another scare

PHILADELPHIA — Considering RW Jonathan Drouin had just returned to the lineup after missing seven games due to a hit to the head, even he was a little concerned to leave Saturday's 3-0 Lightning win over the Flyers late in the second period to go through the league's concussion protocol.

"You're kind of fed up with not playing," Drouin said.

After taking a shot with four minutes to go in the second, Drouin got hit by Flyers F Brayden Schenn, who got a piece of Drouin's head. Drouin said he left the game as a precaution and didn't have a concussion. "I'm good," he said. "Just got a couple tests to make sure everything was good."

LIGHTNING WINS FOURTH STRAIGHT: Andrei Vasilevskiy gets his second straight shutout.

Drouin returned in the third period and scored a big goal four minutes in, taking a spectacular stretch pass from LW Ondrej Palat and finishing on a breakaway to make it 3-0. "He didn't miss a beat," C Tyler Johnson said.

Schenn wasn't penalized for the hit and won't receive supplemental discipline from the NHL's Department of Player Safety, which reviewed the play. "Although there was some head contact, it was a full body check and the head was not the main point of contact," said Damian Echevarrieta, the league's vice president for player safety and hockey operations.

Drouin said he hadn't seen the replay of the hit: "I just shot it and got a little bump."

LUCKY FAN: Johnson's stick got flipped into the Wells Fargo Center stands in the third period, and it was fittingly caught by a Lightning fan in a Johnson No. 9 T-shirt. Johnson met the fan, Josh Kirk, after the game and signed the stick, which he scored with. "I'm glad it went to somebody who actually wants it," Johnson said.

Lining up: C Brian Boyle was scratched due to an upper-body injury and was day-to-day. Boyle participated in Friday's practice and Saturday's warmups. … With Boyle out, the team went with 11 forwards and seven defensemen for the second time this season, D Luke Witkowski making his season debut. … C Cedric Paquette, who left Thursday's game against the Sabres with an upper-body injury, was back in the lineup. … D Anton Stralman (upper body) missed his third consecutive game.

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