Vincent Trocheck sustained an unspecified injury late in the second period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Second Round on Tuesday, and the Carolina Hurricanes forward’s status is uncertain for Game 3.
“It doesn’t look good,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said after a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at home.
“I don’t know exactly the extent of it at this point, but he obviously couldn’t continue, so that’s never good. He would play if he could. That’s another challenge we’re going to have to overcome, but I’ll know more tomorrow, hopefully.”
The Lightning lead the best-of-7 series with Game 3 at Tampa Bay on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; USA, TVAS, SN).
Trocheck collided with teammate Warren Foegele with 1:28 remaining in the second. He put no weight on his right leg as he struggled to get to the bench and went to the locker room. Trocheck came out to start the third period and played one 16-second shift before going to the locker room again.
“Yeah, for sure, we miss him,” Carolina forward Andrei Svechnikov said. “He’s a huge part of our team and we all know he can shoot the puck and score goals. So we miss him a lot.”
The Hurricanes were already without forward Nino Niederreiter, who has missed two games with an upper-body injury he sustained at practice Saturday. Brind’Amour said Sunday that Niederreiter is “very, very doubtful” for the remainder of the series. Carolina has scored two goals in the series, none at even strength.
Trocheck scored 43 points (17 goals, 26 assists) in 47 regular-season games this season; he was out from March 10-29 with an upper-body injury, He scored three points (two goals, one assist) in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Niederreiter scored 34 points (20 goals, 14 assists) in 56 regular-season games and scored one goal in six playoff games.