The Florida Panthers lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-2, on Saturday. It’s a bad loss, seeing as how the Bolts are now four points ahead of them in the Eastern Conference. (The Lightning are three points out of the final wild card.)
But an even bigger loss could be defenseman Aaron Ekblad, who is second on the Cats in average ice time (21:30). In the second period, Ekblad took a hard hit from Gabriel Dumont of Tampa and left the game:
The puck traveled around the boards in the Panthers’ zone. Ekblad chased it, looked up ice, and then turned his back to shield the puck. That’s when Dumont freight-trained him.
Ekblad fell to the ice, covering his head. He was helped off the ice by a trainer.
Coach Tom Rowe shared the bad news about Ekblad and Denis Malgin, who left the game after a clean hit by Anton Stralman:
#FlaPanthers coach Tom Rowe says Ekblad and Malgin lost to concussions in 3-1 loss to Tampa; FLA has lost five consecutive, eight of nine.
— George ????Richards (@GeorgeRichards) March 12, 2017
Here’s the hit on Malgin:
The Panthers have had better nights.
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