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Drouin briefly leaves Game 3 after Hickey hit

Lightning forward exits in second period, returns midway through third

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

Hickey's big check on Drouin

TBL@NYI, Gm3: Hickey delivers hit to Drouin

R2, Gm3: Thomas Hickey comes in for a big check on Jonathan Drouin as he enters the zone in the 2nd period

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NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin left Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center on Tuesday in the second period after he was hit by defenseman Thomas Hickey.

Drouin returned midway throught the third.

The hit occurred at 5:42 of the second. With Drouin skating in the Islanders zone, Hickey's shoulder appeared to hit him in the face, snapping his head backward. Drouin went to the locker room and didn't return for the start of the third.

Hickey was not called for a penalty on the play.

Drouin had the primary assist on Nikita Kucherov's tying goal with 38.4 seconds remaining in regulation.

The Lightning won 5-4 in overtime to take a 2-1 series lead.

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