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Lightning lose Pat Maroon, Ondrej Palat in win over Arizona Coyotes

Coach Jon Cooper doesn’t think either injury is serious.
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) remains down during third period action against the Arizona Coyotes at Amalie Arena on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 in Tampa. Palat skated off hunched over with head athletic trainer Tom Mulligan assisting.
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) remains down during third period action against the Arizona Coyotes at Amalie Arena on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 in Tampa. Palat skated off hunched over with head athletic trainer Tom Mulligan assisting. [ DIRK SHADD | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Jan. 10, 2020
Updated Jan. 10, 2020

TAMPA — The Lightning won the game but lost two forwards Thursday. Pat Maroon left the 4-0 win over the Coyotes in the second period, and then Ondrej Palat followed him in the third.

Maroon took an elbow to the face late in the second period. He followed Arizona forward Carl Soderberg to chase down a puck along the boards. As Soderberg played the puck, his elbow came up and caught Maroon hard, directly in the face.

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Maroon looked a little unstable as he looked for his stick and then skated to the bench slowly, hunched over, as play continued. Head athletic trainer Tom Mulligan checked Maroon out on the bench, and then the forward headed down the tunnel toward the dressing room. He did not return.

In the third period, Arizona forward Taylor Hall hip-checked Palat, making contact directly with Palat’s left knee. A scrum ensued, and Palat had to be helped off the ice by Mulligan.

Coach Jon Cooper did not have an update on either player after the game but said he didn’t think either situation was serious.

The Lightning is already without defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who has missed two games. He is dealing with an upper-body injury, after taking an inadvertent elbow to the head against the Senators on Saturday.

The Lightning had only one healthy scratch currently on the roster. If Maroon or Palat cannot play in Saturday’s game against the Flyers, the Lightning could play Luke Schenn and go back to an 11-forward, seven-defensemen lineup. If both are out, the Lightning would have to bring someone up from AHL Syracuse.

Contact Diana C. Nearhos at dnearhos@tampabay.com. Follow @dianacnearhos.