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Injuries mount in New York

Victor Hedman and Pat Maroon both exit Tuesday's game vs. the Rangers with injuries

by Bryan Burns /

The Tampa Bay Lightning entered Tuesday's game at the New York Rangers shorthanded after Anthony Cirelli was scratched with an undisclosed injury.

The Lightning lineup was hit hard during the game too.

Pat Maroon got into a fight with the Rangers' Micheal Haley on his first shift of the game and immediately headed to the room after it was over. Maroon didn't appear for the start of the second period, and the team announced he would not return to the game.

Like Maroon, Bolts defenseman Victor Hedman also didn't come out of the locker room for the second period, and a few minutes later the team announced he would be out for the remainder of the game as well.

Hedman played most of the first period and was on a late power play for the Lightning.

With the team starting a stretch of three games in four nights on the road and leaving for Sweden on Saturday, the rash of injuries comes at a difficult moment for the Lightning.

After the game, the team announced that Cirelli and Maroon had sustained upper-body injuries, while Hedman was held out with a lower-body injury. All three are considered day-to-day. 

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