Lightning Point star returns after missing 14 games with injury | National sports


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Tampa Bay Lightning star center Brayden Point will be back in the lineup for Tuesday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens after missing 14 games with a top injury from the body.

Lightning assistant coach Derek Lalonde made the announcement after the team’s early morning practice. Lalonde replaces trainer Jon Cooper, who is in Covid-19 protocols.

In addition to Cooper, goalkeepers Andrei Vasilevskiy and Brian Elliott, defenders Mikhail Sergachev and forward Anthony Cirelli are among the six players in the Covid-19 protocols.

Point was injured on Nov. 20 in a game against New Jersey when he crashed hard in the goal strip in the third period. He then favored his left arm and shoulder but stayed in the game.

After Monday practice, Point said the injury turned out to be more than just a shoulder injury.

Point led the NHL in goals (14) for the second straight year in last season’s playoffs, helping Tampa Bay win back-to-back Stanley Cups.

Maxime Lagace, recalled from Syracuse from the AHL, will start in goal. He’s 7-8-1 with a 3.69 goals-against average in 18 career NHL games. Lagace, 28, last played in the NHL on May 8, 2021, with Pittsburgh when he made 29 saves against Buffalo to get his first shutout in his only appearance of the season.

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