And here all this time we thought we needed to be worried about Victor Hedman.
The Lightning defenseman and Norris Trophy finalist left the final round-robin game on Aug. 8 with an apparent ankle injury and cut short his skate before the last game of the first-round series against the Blue Jackets on Wednesday.
But while Hedman has played in every postseason game, fellow defenseman Ryan McDonagh will be out of the lineup when the Lightning meet the Bruins tonight in Game 2 of their conference semifinal series at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.
McDonagh, whose ice time ranks second only to Hedman among Tampa Bay skaters, was injured while colliding with Boston’s Connor Clifton early in the third period of Game 1. Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, who has yet to play since the league’s return from a 4-1/2-month pause due to the coronavirus, also remains out with a lower-body injury.
How much will their absences impact the Lightning, which trail the series 1-0?
FINAL SCORE: Lightning 4, Bruins 3 (OT)
Alex Killorn toe-drag shot from left circle hits Anthony Cirelli as he is driving the net.
Nikita Kucherov shot from left circle hits knob of Halak’s stick.
Halak then stops Ondrej Palat redirect of Kucherov shot.
Kucherov and Hedman good job back-checking on Charlie Coyle.
Kucherov shot from left circle gloved by Halak.
Killorn backhand shot doesn’t go.
Yanni Gourde shot from left circle blocked by Brandon Carlo.
Lightning goal! Ondrej Palat puts in rebound after Pat Maroon wraparound attempt. Yanni Gourde also battling in front of the net. Lightning 4, Bruins 3.
Connor Clifton penalized for interfering with Barclay Goodrow 35 seconds into the period.
Ondrej Palat with numerous chances from the right circle.
Bruins kill the penalty.
Luke Schenn prevents a Bruins scoring chance down low with a stick block.
Charlie Coyle drives the right side of the net after Sergachev turnover, but can’t get the puck past Vasilevskiy.
Shattenkirk drive from the top of the right circle grabbed by Halak. Palat was providing a screen in front.
Halak with a pad save on Blake Coleman chance from the left side of the net.
Grzelcyk blast from the top of the right circle misses wide right.
Lightning goal! Blake Coleman breaks the tie after Victor Hedman springs him with a head-man pass, and Coleman puts a shot between Halak’s legs with 9:20 remaining. Lightning 3, Bruins 2.
Bruins goal. Brad Marchand scores from the back door after a pass from Sean Kuraly to tie the game with 3:58 remaining. Lightning was unable to get the puck out, and Boston kept retrieving pucks. Lightning 3, Bruins 3.
Lightning keep the pressure on the Bruins over the final minutes but can’t get a puck behind Halak, and we’re headed to overtime.
Patrice Bergeron with a quick shot from the lower right circle, but Vasilevskiy turns it away with a leg save.
David Krejci shoots wide on a 4-on-2 after the Lightning get caught on a change.
Luke Schenn shot from the top of the right circle gloved by Halak.
Pat Maroon and Connor Clifton chirping at each other from the benches after Maroon gives Clifton a slight elbow to the face.
Chris Wagner misses high after a wide-open chance from the slot.
Vasilevskiy makes a couple of pad saves on Brad Marchand shots from the side of the net.
Erik Cernak backhand shot from the left circle goes high off Halak’s body.
Boston’s Sean Kuraly penalized for slashing Nikita Kucherov in retaliation. First Lightning power play of the night.
Brayden Point shot from the slot turned aside by Halak.
Turnaround shot by Alex Killorn from the slot goes wide.
Hedman shot from point blocked by Halak.
Bruins kill the penalty.
Great chance for Nick Ritchie from the right circle blocked by Hedman.
Mikhail Sergachev shot from left circle blocked and covered by Halak.
Yanni Gourde’s stick breaks on shot from right circle.
Pastrnak breaks in all alone on Vasilevskiy, but Sergachev manages to knock the puck off his stick.
Ondrej Palat penalized for high sticking Connor Clifton.
Bruins goal. Pastrnak threads a pass from the left circle through the Lightning defense to Marchand, who is waiting at the side of the net. Bruins 2, Lightning 1.
Lightning goal! Nikita Kucherov scores on deflection of Kevin Shattenkirk shot from the right circle. Brayden Point set up the play with a nice move along the sideboards to the middle of the slot, from where he passed to Shattenkirk. Lightning 2, Bruins 2.
Victor Hedman penalized for holding.
Pastrnak, with time, shoots off Vasilevskiy’s right pad from the left circle.
Barclay Goodrow clears the puck.
Lightning kills the penalty.
Braydon Coburn immediately makes his presence felt, getting a puck on goal that nearly results in a rebound opportunity for Yanni Gourde in front of the net.
Brayden Point just misses connecting with Nikita Kucherov on a cross-ice pass in the Boston zone.
Sean Kuraly blocks a Hedman shot from the point.
Hedman forces a Jake DeBrusk shot wide of the net off the rush.
Zdeno Chara takes down Kucherov behind the Bruins net.
Bruins goal. Nick Ritchie scores after a scramble in front of the Lightning net, the puck sliding underneath Andrei Vasilevskiy. Boston had a 2-on-1 after Zach Bogosian’s stick broke at the Boston blue line. (3:14). Bruins 1, Lightning 0.
Lightning goal! Barclay Goodrow, in the slot, redirects a Coburn shot from the left circle over Jaroslav Halak’s left shoulder (5:17).
But wait ... Boston challenges the play, and Brayden Point is ruled offsides, nullifying the goal. Score remains Bruins 1, Lightning 0.
Pat Maroon gives Halak a spray shower after Halak covers the puck, leading to a scrum at the side of the net.
Cedric Paquette (slashing) and Matt Grzelcyk (slashing) penalized, resulting in a 4-on-4.
David Pastrnak shoots wide of the net from the right circle on a 2-on-1 with Clifton.
Hedman fires puck at the net from the left boards with Kucherov in front, but Halak makes a glove save.
Coburn knocks down Charlie Coyle at center ice.
Vasilevskiy with a glove save after puck inadvertently tipped on net by Kevin Shattenkirk.
Shattenkirk flattens Jake DeBrusk in the Boston zone.
Lighting goal! Zach Bogosian skates with speed out of the Lightning end, moves around Torey Krug, splits Krug and Brandon Carlo and then passes from his knees to a diving Blake Coleman in the slot. Coleman, in midair, deflects a bouncing puck through Halak’s legs. Phenomenal. Lightning 1, Bruins 1.
Pastrnak snapshot from the right circle on 2-on-1 with Brad Marchand goes off Vasilevskiy’s helmet.
Alex Killorn penalized for high sticking Marchand with 2:45 left.
Lightning applying lots of pressure, clears the zone four times.
Lightning kills the penalty.
Failed clearing attempt by Coburn right after the penalty expires leads to a shot by Grzelcyk from the top of the left circle that Vasilevskiy stops.
Lightning outshoots the Bruins 11-9 in the period.
Lightning defensemen Braydon Coburn and Luke Schenn are both skating during pregame warmups. One is expected to fill in for injured Ryan McDonagh.
Mathieu Joesph is also out on the ice. No Carter Verhaeghe or Mitchell Stephens.
Both Schenn and Coburn are in the lineup. Joseph is a scratch, which means the Lightning will dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen for the first time this postseason.
Bruins’ starting lineup: