Friday, April 27, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Crombeen shows no concussion symptoms

PHILADELPHIA — When Lightning RW B.J. Crombeen went off the ice after his first-period fight with Zac Rinaldo, he was put through an NHL-mandated protocol that looks for concussion symptoms.

Crombeen was brought to a quiet area and put through "a battery of tests," head athletic trainer Tommy Mulligan said, that included simple questions about where he was and what just happened to him, and more complicated tasks such as remembering word sequences.

He also was put through physical tests — on the stationary bike, pushups, situps — to see his reaction to an increased heart rate. Despite Mulligan saying Crombeen "did well with that" and showed no symptoms, the decision was made to keep him out of the game.

"He wanted to go back but I decided not to put him back," coach Guy Boucher said.

Added Mulligan: "We wanted to make sure he didn't have any lingering issues. Sometimes symptoms don't set in until after the fact."

Crombeen said he feels fine.

"I was a bit wobbly when I went to get up," Crombeen said. "It was probably better to play it safe than sorry to make sure no symptoms come up and I'm ready to go for the next game."

CAPTAIN RESPONDS: Before the season, Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier had not had a fight since Feb. 3, 2009. But he has now fought twice in nine games — Jan. 27 against the Flyers' Luke Schenn and Tuesday against Max Talbot.

"I don't know what to say. It just happened," said Lecavalier, who now has 23 fights, including playoffs, in his NHL career. "It just happened at the faceoff and that was it."

Asked if the punch with which he hit Talbot after Talbot was down had anything to do with Rinaldo apparently hitting Crombeen twice when he was on his knees, Lecavalier said he didn't see Crombeen's fight.

"The refs were in my way. I didn't see what was going on."

WRONG TURN: After four seasons with the Flyers, Matt Carle said he wasn't quite sure how to get to the visitors' locker room at the Wells Fargo Center.

"I had to do a quick tour," said the defenseman, who during the summer signed with Tampa Bay. "I didn't know what the visiting locker room really looked like."

IMPRESSIVE: RW Dana Tyrell was scratched after playing four straight games and getting his first goal, but not because he did anything wrong, Boucher said. In fact, Tyrell, 13 months since a second surgery on his right knee, looks quicker and stronger than ever.

"A horse off the ice," Boucher said. "He's one of the strongest pound-for-pound players we've got and one of the most dedicated individuals."

But "still in and out of the lineup," Tyrell said. "I have to keep battling and prove myself."

ODDS AND ENDS: RW Pierre-Cedric Labrie got in his second game of the season and first since the Jan. 21 road opener at the Islanders. He had 7:18 of ice time, two hits, a blocked shot and was minus-1. … D Victor Hedman (left foot) did not skate in the morning but played. … As he will when the Lightning is on NBC Sports Network, Sun Sports analyst Bobby "The Chief" Taylor joined play-by-play announcer Dave Mishkin on 970-AM. … Defensemen Brendan Mikkelson and Marc-Andre Bergeron also were scratched.

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