Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman day to day with sore foot

DETROIT — Victor Hedman said he wanted to skate pregame Thursday before deciding whether his bruised left foot would allow him play. But the rookie defenseman never got on the ice.

Steve Downie also was held out. The right wing smashed his head on the ice Tuesday when he slipped and fell throwing a punch at Nashville's Shea Weber. F Jeff Halpern left against the Red Wings in the third period and needed 12 stitches in his mouth after he was hit by a puck.

Hedman, 18, was hurt during Wednesday's practice when hit by a shot from D Kurtis Foster. Listed as day to day, he said the foot is more painful than expected.

"It's very close, but it's also uncomfortable," he said before the game. "If I don't feel 100 percent, I shouldn't play. We need guys to be at 100 percent."

Losing Hedman is a huge blow for Tampa Bay. The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder, with two goals and nine points, averages 22:13 of ice time, second on the team entering Thursday.

A GOAL TO REMEMBER: LW Drew Miller, whom the Lightning lost to the Red Wings on waivers this season, found a comfort zone in Detroit, getting four goals and six points in 18 games. He had zero points for Tampa Bay in 14 games.

"It was a business move for them," said Miller, who grew up in East Lansing, Mich., and starred at Michigan State. "They chose to get rid of me. You've got to land on your feet and make the most of where you're at. No hard feelings toward them."

Still, it must have been sweet to score the winner.

Miller created his own breakaway at the Lightning blue line by plucking from the air with his stick Brian Rafalskis pass from the defensive zone. He scored on a backhander while leaping over Tampa Bay G Mike Smith, who dove forward to poke-check the puck.

"I came off the bench and saw a lane there," Miller said. "The puck was knocked out of the air, and I sort of got lucky on that one. I saw the goalie had come out and just went with my backhand."

BIG HIT: D Mattias Ohlund knocked Red Wings star Henrik Zetterberg out of the game in the first period with a clean shoulder-to-shoulder hit. Zetterberg, who drove himself to the hospital for tests, team spokesman John Hahn said, is Detroit's ninth front-line player injured. "Obviously, there was no intent to injure him," Ohlund said.

IT'S ON YOU, ALEX: Alex Tanguay was in the lineup after Tuesday's scratch, the first of his 10-year career. As for his comments Wednesday that asked why he seemed to be the fall guy for the team's poor record, coach Rick Tocchet said, "It's not about, 'Other guys are making mistakes, so why is it me?' To me, it's worry about yourself, worry about your piece of the carpet. Do the things we ask, work hard, and the coaching staff will have no problem with you."

ODDS AND ENDS: The Lightning is 0-3-1 on its six-game road trip. … It is 0-9 with a tie in Detroit since its last win there, in January 2003. … Former Lightning D Doug Janik was called up from AHL Grand Rapids and played for the Wings. … D Matt Smaby also was scratched.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman day to day with sore foot 12/17/09 [Last modified: Friday, December 18, 2009 12:23am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Family a driving force for University of Tampa pitcher David Lebron


    TAMPA — For University of Tampa junior pitcher David Lebron, baseball reminds him of family. He uses it to help honor the memory of his father, who taught him the game. One day, he hopes his career can help support his mother and allow her to rest.

    University of Tampa junior pitcher David Lebron (Courtesy of University of Tampa)
  2. L.A. delay could re-open Super Bowl chance for Tampa in 2021


    Construction delays on the NFL's new stadium in Los Angeles mean the Rams and Chargers won't be playing there until 2020, a year later than expected, and the ripple effect could give Tampa another chance at landing a Super Bowl in February 2021.

    Tampa and Raymond James Stadium last hosted a Super Bowl in 2009, when the Pittsburgh Steelers edged the Arizona Cardinals.
  3. Bucs' Gerald McCoy, Jameis Winston honored in NFL top 100


    Helping fans pass time through the offseason each summer, NFL Network has been unveiling its top 100 players for 2017 as chosen by the players, and the Bucs' Gerald McCoy and Jameis Winston are the first Tampa Bay players revealed, coming in at No. 52 and 57, respectively.

    Bucs quarterback Jameis WInston and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, shown in the 2016 season finale against the Panthers, have both been named to the NFL Network's top 100 players for 2017.
  4. The play occurred in the third inning when Angels rookie Nolan Fontana, making his major league debut, tried to slide past the tag of Rays second baseman Michael Martinez.
  5. Former Gator Caleb Brantley paying a steep price for nothing


    It turns out Caleb Brantley isn't quite the dirtbag that millions of people presumed. It's too bad the damage to his reputation and bank account is already done.

    Caleb Brantley, who dropped to the sixth round of the draft, works out during Browns rookie minicamp. [Associated Press]