Yanni Gourde gets 'Gordie Howe hat trick' as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat Detroit Red Wings 5-2

WFTSPublished: January 8, 2018
Published: January 8, 2018

Dan Girardi stood to block a blast, turned his head to the left and was hit above the shoulders by the puck. He scored and assisted on a goal in the first period before leaving the game in the second period of the Tampa Bay Lightning's 5-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night. "That was one of the scariest things I've ever seen," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "But Dan can still take it in stride and have light-hearted comments about it." Detroit's Martin Frk took a shot on a power play and his one-timer appeared to hit Girardi in the neck. The defenseman lay face down on the ice while a doctor evaluated him on the ice and was eventually able to sit up. Girardi later skated slowly off the ice with teammates at his side and walked toward the dressing room. "Hopefully everything is going to be OK," Cooper said. "He's just got to get a few tests here."

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