TAMPA – CenterIs out for Game 4 in the Eastern Conference Final. Jon Cooper, the coach, was confirmed Monday.
Point has not played since Game 7 against the Lightning in the first round series.He was left with a lower back injury and had to leave after 5:51 minutes of ice time. In that series, he had two goals as well as two assists. His 31 goals rank second in NHL among players from the past three postseasons. Point's two-way play at centre was key to the Lightning's back to back Stanley Cup wins.
Point was skating after Lightning practice, which included about an hour on the ice before Game 3 Sunday. He joined his teammates Monday morning for an optional skate.
Cooper stated that Cooper was doing a twirl right at the moment but was ready for Game 4.
Cooper cautioned against expectations about Point's possible return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“Pointer is back playing hockey. We aren't sure if it's this year or next. [or] Point skated in full gear for the first time since his injury on June 1. “Is he improving every day? Yes. It's too early to know if he will be able play. “I think the worst is over now for him.”
New York's final conference lead was 2-1 when the Rangers were defeated by the Lightning in Game 3. Game 4 will be played in Tampa on Tuesday night.