Stanley Cup 2022: Lightning's Brayden Point to miss pivotal Game 6

Brayden Point has only played in two games during the series and, after being injured in Game 2, he is likely to miss a third straight matchup. Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said he will go with the same lineup he used in Game 5.

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Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point takes the ice during practice before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Colorado Avalanche, 六月 14, 2022, 在丹佛.

Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point takes the ice during practice before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Colorado Avalanche, 六月 14, 2022, 在丹佛. (美联社照片/ David Zalubowski)

Point suffered a lower-body injury in the first round against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 and the first two games against Colorado were the only two he’s played since then.

It’s tricky too because players are used to playing at a certain way, or how they feel they can play. If they don’t feel confident in playing at the caliber they’re used to, it almost works against them,” Cooper said, via NHL.com. “所以, it’s unfortunate because it’s a severe injury and at this time of the year, everybody’s trying to get back into the lineup and there are just some things you can’t do. When you can’t do what you’re used to doing, it’s tough on a player.

Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point jokes with teammates during practice in Denver on June 14, 2022.

Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point jokes with teammates during practice in Denver on June 14, 2022. (美联社照片/ David Zalubowski)

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That’s been part of our issue here. 所以, he’s still plugging along here and rehabbing and trying to get better. 谁知道? If the series goes one more game, you never know. It’s tough on these guys because they’re such competitors.

Cooper said Point could play in Game 7, should the Lightning beat the Avalanche at home.

Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point is defended by Colorado Avalanche left wing Artturi Lehkonen on June 15, 2022, 在丹佛.

Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point is defended by Colorado Avalanche left wing Artturi Lehkonen on June 15, 2022, 在丹佛. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Point played in 66 games during the regular season, 得分 28 goals and recording 30 助攻.

The puck will drop at 8 下午. ET at the Amalie Arena.

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