Brayden Point, Tampa Bay Lightning centre, is unable to play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against Toronto Maple Leafs because of a lower-body injury

TAMPA — Center Brayden Point Is out for Game 4 in the Eastern Conference finals. Tampa Bay Lightning Jon Cooper was confirmed as coach on Monday.

Point hasn’t played since the Lightning’s Game 7 win over the Lightning in Round 1. Toronto Maple LeafsHe was forced to leave with a lower-body injury. In that series, he had two goals as well as two assists. Point's 31 goals rank second among NHL players in the three previous postseasons. His effective two-way play was key to the Lightning's back to back Stanley Cup wins.

Point had been skating following Lightning team practices. Point also skated for about an hour before Game 3 on Sunday. Point joined his teammates on Monday morning for an optional skating session.

Cooper said that Cooper is doing a twirl at the moment, but he will be out 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 conference final lead of 2-1 was cut by the Lightning beating Rangers 3-2 in Game 3. Game 4 is set for Tuesday night in Tampa.

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