Defenseman Victor Hedman did not return to the Lightning’s 6-3 loss to the Capitals on Saturday night after the first period with what the team called an upper-body injury.
“Hedman got hit in a kind of tough fashion,” Cooper said. He couldn’t rule out a concussion. He didn’t confirm that Hedman went through concussion protocol, but he previously has specified when Hedman did not in similar situations.
It was unclear when the injury occurred, but Hedman took a helmet to the face on a hit late in the first period when he tried to check Washington’s Carl Hagelin into the glass. As Hedman charged toward the boards, Hagelin looked up and braced himself for impact, leading with his left shoulder. Hedman took Hagelin’s helmet to the face.