Lightning's Point 'highly doubtful' for Game 1 vs. Panthers
Tampa Bay Lightning star Brayden Point is "highly doubtful" for Game 1 of their second-round series against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, head coach Jon Cooper said, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Eduardo A. Encina.
Cooper added the forward will be considered day-to-day after that.
Point exited Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs after getting tangled up along the boards in the first period. He struggled to get off the ice and was unable to put any pressure on his right leg.
He came back in the second period for a brief shift but was laboring. He stayed on the bench for the remainder of the game while looking visibly emotional.
The Lightning pulled out the 2-1 victory against the Maple Leafs without Point, who had four points in the series and scored the overtime winner in Game 6.
Point had a field day against the Panthers in the regular season, torching them for four goals and one assist in four games.
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