Tampa Bay Lightning: Tyler Johnson Played With Broken Wrist


Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson revealed that he has been playing on a broken wrist suffered early in the Stanley Cup Finals.

When someone like Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson leads the National Hockey League in both points and goals and then out of the blue just stops scoring goals and points, it begins to spark speculation that something may very well be wrong. This is exactly the case of what happened at the onset of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Before we get started, let it be known that in a sport like hockey there are always going to be injuries; whether it comes from a cheap shot from an opposing player or a simple mistake that turned out worse than originally expected. This is an unfortunate side effect of playing a contact sport.

If there is anything that we have learned in our time loving the greatest sport on Earth (hockey, of course) we have learned that hockey players are some of the toughest guys around. While other people would allow broken bones and what not to sideline them from the big game, hockey players throw a brace on it and find a way to make it work.

In the interest of making a long story short, hockey players are some tough dudes.

Towards the beginning of the Stanley Cup Finals, Tampa Bay Lightning fans noticed that not only did Tyler Johnson seemingly stop scoring goals, but he also stopped taking faceoffs; something Johnson generally excels at. As we have alluded to before, players of Johnson’s quality don’t just decide to stop playing.

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After the Tampa Bay Lightning’s heartbreaking 2-0 loss in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, with the Lightning’s Stanley Cup aspirations behind them, Tyler Johnson finally revealed to the world that he has in fact been dealing with a pretty serious injury throughout the Stanley Cup Finals.

According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, Tyler Johnson revealed that he has been playing with a broken wrist which was suffered early in the series. This is a pretty good reason for him to not be taking faceoffs.

The good news is that there hasn’t been any word of any surgery necessary or anything that would prevent Tyler Johnson from being ready when the next season starts. This is definitely good news for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tyler Johnson and his linemates have been an integral part of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s success this season, and losing one of the Triplets seems to screw up the dynamic that the three of them have built between one another.

As we have mentioned on many occasions, the Tampa Bay Lightning has had a tremendous season. Although the outcome may not have been the one that we were hoping for, the Lightning has most certainly given everything both on and off the ice.

We have a pretty good feeling that the Tampa Bay Lightning has many amazing seasons in their future and that we have not seen the last of the Lightning in contention for the greatest trophy in all of sports, the Stanley Cup.

What do you think was Tyler Johnson’s most amazing goal during the post season? How many goals do you think Johnson will be able to put up next season? Furthermore, will Johnson be able to give Steven Stamkos a run for his money next season in goals? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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