The 25-year-old left Game 2 on Friday night after blocking a Mike Green shot off his left hand during the first period.
The Tampa Bay Lightning won’t have the services of forward J.T. Brown for the remainder of their first-round matchup with the Detroit Red Wings.
Brown left Game 2 on Friday night after appearing to block a Mike Green shot off his left hand during the first period. He did not return to the game.
On Saturday the team announced Brown is out indefinitely with an upper body injury.
The 25-year-old had career bests in goals (eight), points (22) and plus-minus (plus-16) while averaging 13:22 a night in ice time in 78 regular season games.
Brown was a minus-1 in the first two games of the series.
“It’s our third playoffs together, and if you’re going to pull that unsung hero tag, he’s definitely at the top of the list,” coach Jon Cooper said per The Tampa Bay Times. “He won’t light the scoreboard up in points, but you’re not going to find too many more bigger gamers than J.T. Brown. That’s a tough loss for us. But in the mantra of the (Steven) Stamkos’ and (Anton) Stralman’s, let’s just keep this going and make sure that wasn’t J.T. Brown’s last game.”
Erik Condra or Jonathan Marchessault is expected to take Brown’s spot in the lineup for Game 3 in Detroit on Sunday – both have been healthy scratches through the first two games of the series.
Condra scored six goals and five assists while averaging 10:42 a night in ice time in 54 regular season games. The 29-year-old appeared in 23 playoff games over the previous three seasons with the Ottawa Senators.
Marchessault dressed in 45 regular season games for the Lightning this season scoring seven goals and 11 assists. The 25-year-old has two career playoff games under his belt – both with the Lightning last spring.