Cirelli played through a wrist injury in the playoffs and requires offseason surgery, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports. He is expected to be ready for training camp. Despite a five-game pointless streak across Rounds 2 and 3, Cirelli was reasonably productive in the playoffs, closing out the Cup run with six points in his final eight contests. Still, Cirelli took a significant step back in 2020-21 with just 22 points in 50 games after producing 44 in 68 the year prior, so fantasy managers will want to proceed with some caution heading into drafts this fall.
Cirelli notched a power-play assist and three hits in Friday's 6-3 win over the Canadiens in Game 3. Cirelli helped out on Victor Hedman's tally just 3:27 into the first period. The 23-year-old Cirelli has picked up his scoring pace with six points in his last six contests. The second-line forward is up to 12 points (five goals, seven helpers), 39 shots on net, 64 hits and a plus-9 rating across 21 playoff games.
Cirelli provided a goal and 12 PIM in Wednesday's 3-1 win over Montreal in Game 2. He also dished out five hits. Cirelli wristed a shot from the point 6:40 into the second period that found its way past Carey Price, giving the Lightning a 1-0 lead. It was Cirelli's first point of the series and just his second goal in the last 12 contests. He also racked up a minor penalty for cross-checking, along with a 10-minute misconduct, at the game's final buzzer. Cirelli has five goals and six assists with a plus-8 rating and 20 PIM through 20 postseason games.
Cirelli registered a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders in Game 6. Cirelli set up Brayden Point's goal that opened the scoring late in the first period, then he tallied one of his own in the middle frame, getting behind the New York defense and beating Semyon Varlamov five-hole to put the Lightning up 2-0. It snapped an eight-game goal drought for Cirelli, who also enjoyed his first multi-point performance since the opening round. The 23-year-old has four goals and five assists through 17 postseason contests.
Coach Jon Cooper expects Cirelli to "be okay" for Thursday's Game 3 versus the Islanders, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. Cirelli exited Tuesday's Game 2 versus New York late in the third period after getting into a scrum with the Islanders' Travis Zajac, but it appears as though whatever forced him from that contest wasn't overly serious. The 23-year-old forward has picked up three goals and six points through 13 games this postseason.
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