Lightning’s Anton Stralman injured against the Islanders

The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders on Friday night at Amalie Arena. While the win is important, the Lightning players are more concerned about their teammate Anton Stralman.

Stralman suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left fibula in the game, the team announced. He’s out indefinitely with the injury.

With the Lightning currently 1st in the Atlantic Division with a 43-26-5 record, he’s going to miss at least a few rounds of the playoffs — possibly even all of it. This injury will likely take a few weeks to recover from.

He was battling for position in front of the Lightning net with Islanders’ Andy Lee when he was injured in the first period. He went down awkwardly and his leg bent back in a ugly way.

“That’s the last thing I want to see,” Lee said after the game, according to Newsday‘s Arthur Staple. “We were battling in front, next think I know he’s down. You hate to see that.”

Stralman, whose an underrate defenseman, has been a big part of the Lightning defensive unit. Last year, he played 22 minutes and 32 seconds in a playoff game.

He was also a factor in Tampa Bay making it to the Stanley Cup Final last June. They eventually lost to the Chicago Blackhawks.

While one has to think his season may be over, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper insists its not.

“Anton’s season is not over,” he said after the game, according to The Tampa Tribune‘s Erik Erlendsson.

If Cooper’s team makes it to the Stanley Cup Final again, then Stralman should be able to make it back. However, if they’re eliminated on the way to the Final, then his season is over, no matter what Cooper says.

Stralman had nine goals and 25 assists this season. He played 3 minutes and 34 seconds in Friday’s game before the injury.

He missed just one game on the season and will now miss a good chunk of the rest of the season and the playoffs.

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