Simon Gagne leaves game after fall
WASHINGTON -- Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Simon Gagne was helped to the dressing room during Game 1 of his team's playoff series against the Washington Capitals after he banged his head against the ice during a scary fall Friday night.
Gagne didn't return after the first-period play. Another Lightning player, defenseman Pavel Kubina, didn't play in the third period after getting hit by Capitals forward Jason Chimera late in the second; Chimera was called for roughing on the play.
Lightning spokesman Brian Breseman said both players would be re-evaluated Saturday. Breseman wouldn't say anything about the nature of either player's injury.
"They're back at the hotel now. They're going to be re-evaluated tomorrow and we'll see where we go from there. That's the extent of what I know," Lightning coach Guy Boucher said of his players.
Game 2 is Sunday at Washington.
The side of Gagne's helmet slammed against the ice when he dropped down after being lifted off his feet on a hit in a corner by Capitals defenseman Scott Hannan, 8:22 into the first period Friday night. Gagne didn't do anything to break his fall.
Gagne has a history of head injuries and played in only 25 games in the 2007-08 season, when he was with Philadelphia.
Gagne stayed down on his back, motionless, for a couple of minutes Friday while being attended to by medical personnel. A stretcher was wheeled onto the ice, but Gagne eventually rose and headed toward the locker room with help from two people.
"It's scary you never want to see a guy on any team, never mind a guy on your own team go down like that. As he was going of he said he was okay. That was reassuring. It was a tough play. No one really saw it," said Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos.
"He said he was OK coming off the ice. That was definitely a positive."
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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