TAMPA – The Tampa Bay Lightning returned home to some good news on the injury front Monday regarding defenseman Dan Girardi.
Injured defenseman Dan Girardi is not expected to miss any significant amount of time after taking a puck to the back area of his head during Sunday’s game at Detroit.
Tampa put out a statement on Monday afternoon that Girardi is being listed as day-to-day after all tests came back negative – which would surmise a conclusion that he passed concussion protocol. His status for Tuesday’s home game against the Carolina (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Sun, 970-AM and TBLPowerplay.com) will not be known until the team conducts its morning skate.
The team was off on Monday.
Injury update: #TBLightning defenseman Dan Girardi is listed as day-to-day. All tests came back negative.— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) January 8, 2018
The situation looked frightening at the moment it happened, watching Girardi drop to a knee and turn his head just as Martin Frk stepped in to a one-timer. There was an immediate hush inside Little Caesar’s Arena and an eerie silence as Girardi lay face down on the ice for several moments before getting up on his skates and headed back to the locker room under his own power.
”I’ve been coaching all levels for a long time, and that was one of the scariest things I’ve ever seen in hockey,’’ Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper said. “But, typical Dan, he still takes it in stride and has light-hearted comments about it. I just can’t say enough about that kid. That kid’s got guts man.’’