Tampa Bay general manager Julien BriseBois said that Hedman suffered a torn meniscus March 30 and will undergo surgery Tuesday, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. Hedman played with the injury throughout Tampa Bay's run to its second straight Stanley Cup, totaling two goals and 16 assists across 23 appearances. BriseBois said the defenseman is expected to need to 2-4 weeks to make a recovery from surgery, so Hedman won't be in any danger of missing the start of the 2021-22 season.
Hedman played through a knee injury in the playoffs and requires surgery but should be ready for training camp in September, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports. It's not known when the injury occurred, but this would explain the drop-off in Hedman's production to close the postseason (four points in his last nine games). Still, the elite blueliner played plenty during that same stretch (24:33 on average), which seems to bode well for his chances of a return to full health over the next few months.
Hedman scored a power-play goal on two shots, dished an assist and blocked two shots in Friday's 6-3 win over the Canadiens in Game 3. With his first-period tally, Hedman became an answer to a trivia question as the first player to score an NHL goal in all 12 months on the calendar, per Mark Scheig of The Hockey Writers and the NBC broadcast. He also made a nifty backhand pass to Ondrej Palat, who set up Jan Rutta for the opening goal. Hedman has been excellent in the postseason with two goals, 16 assists, 48 shots on net, 43 blocked shots and a plus-1 rating in 21 contests.
Hedman collected a pair of assists in Monday's 8-0 win over the Islanders in Game 5. He also provided three blocks and two hits. Hedman figured in on power-play goals by Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn in the second period as the Lightning built a 5-0 cushion. The veteran defenseman has produced five points (one goal, four assists) over the last four games.
Hedman scored a power-play goal and added an assist in a 4-2 win over the Islanders on Tuesday in Game 2. He also provided three hits and two shots. Hedman scored what proved to be the game-winner when he snapped a shot past Semyon Varlamov from the left circle midway through the third period, the first goal of the postseason for the veteran defenseman. He also assisted on Ondrej Palat's tally in the middle frame, giving Hedman his first multi-point game since the opening round. Hedman has 13 points in 13 playoff contests overall, albeit with a minus-5 rating.
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