Bolts lose Point to injury
The Tampa Bay Lightning continues to struggle in their games for the 2021-22 season as the injuries continue to pile up for the team and that is not a good look for their third title defence at this point. That says a lot about their chances of winning their next set of games.
Point got injured in a 5-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils when he crashed into the boards as soon as he was tripped by Ryan Graves on a breakaway at 10:06 of the third period. Point was awarded with a penalty shot but still hit the post on that attempt.
Missing Point will be a big problem for the team. The Bolts have struggled to get the wins they needed in the past few weeks, and this means a lot for the champs as they hope to get back to their winning track. For coach Jon Cooper, this is not good news at all.
‘Can you replace players that are regarded as top-10 players in the League? No, those guys don't just fall out of the sky’, the Tampa Bay coach said. ‘I think what replaces them is the collective group, our confidence in our structure’.
Point signed an eight-year deal with the Bolts worth $76 million. In 16 games, the Bolts star had 13 points off seven goals and six dimes. Missing his presence will surely be a huge loss for the Bolts as they try to shake off their woes.
Alex Barre-Boulet was recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League and was placed in the roster for Point. He scored a goal in their 5-4 win against the Minnesota Wild to help them bounce back from an 0-2 hole. He also scored a goal in their 4-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers.
‘Obviously, we want “Pointer” back as soon as possible’, Barre-Boulet said. ‘But I can get more minutes. I'm going to take them and work as hard as I can to hopefully stay here and help the team’.
Point is the second key star who is out for the Bolts this season. Nikita Kucherov and Erik Cernak are also out due to injuries, which means a lot for the team in their season push.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores