The Lightning found themselves down to forwards on Wednesday night after losing Brayden Point to an injury in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Islanders.
Point went to the locker room for treatment following a shift in the second period. The Tampa Bay Times reported that Point, Tampa Bay’s No. 1 center, appeared to tweak a hamstring.
Tampa Bay was at 10 forwards after losing Alex Killorn to a first-period game misconduct. The Lightning dressed 11 forwards and seven defensemen. Point’s departure left the club with just three full forward lines.
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Point, 24, is second among NHL players with 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in the postseason (1.64 PTS/GP in 14 games before Wednesday). He was third on the team with 64 points (25 goals, 39 assists) in 66 games during the regular season.
Tampa Bay leads the best-of-seven East finals one game to none.