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Hedman out with injury for Lightning against Blue Jackets in Game 3

However, he said Hedman has been "banged up for the last bit" and he wouldn't play in Game 3 if he wasn't 100 percent confident in his ability to be physical.

Hedman had 54 points (12 goals, 42 assists) in 70 games in the regular season.

The Lightning also played without forward Nikita Kucherov, the NHL scoring champion who was suspended for Game 3 for boarding Columbus defenseman Markus Nutivaara with 4:26 remaining in Game 2.

For Columbus, defenseman Adam Clendening replaced Nutivaara, who sustained an upper-body injury on the Kucherov hit.

Clendening, who had no points in four games with the Blue Jackets in the regular season, had three shots on goal and one hit in 9:16.

COLUMBUS -- Victor Hedman did not play for the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 3-1 loss to Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Sunday because of an undisclosed injury.

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