The Tampa Bay Lightning took to the ice with no reason to win Saturday with second place in the Atlantic locked up, but the team may have suffered a significant loss in the first period against the Montreal Canadiens.
Already sitting five regulars due to injury, forward Tyler Johnson was helped off the ice after being cross-checked into the boards by defenseman Greg Pateryn. Johnson looked to be in considerable pain as he was helped off the ice.
The Lightning later announced he suffered an upper-body injury and would not return to the game.
Pateryn received a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct for the hit.
Injuries have limited Johnson to just 69 games this season, where he recorded just 14 goals and 24 assists after a breakout 72-point campaign a year ago.
The 31-year-old will make his first appearance between the pipes Saturday - against the Columbus Blue Jackets - since March 14, thanks to an unfortunate upper-body injury.
"It's very important to get a game in here before the playoffs," head coach Joel Quenneville said, according to NHL.com's Craig Merz. "You get three or four more practices before he plays a playoff game. It helps getting at least a start here and getting back on the on the ice as well. This is the next step."
Crawford's untimely departure from the team's lineup came while he was enjoying a season that saw him set a career-high with 35 wins in 57 games.
His career .921 save percentage and 2.21 goals-against average in the playoffs will be looked upon heavily as the team looks to repeat as Cup champs.
The 27-year-old forward for the Lake Erie Monsters was stabilized by the on-site medical personnel at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto and was conscious before being taken to a local hospital, the AHL club confirmed.
Gallant traveled back to Cleveland, where he'll continue to consult with team doctors.
He was taken off the bench on a stretcher during Friday's game against the Toronto Marlies.
For the 25th consecutive season, the Detroit Red Wings secured a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and for the second season in a row, the Wings will square off with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round.
Detroit locked up the third spot in the Atlantic Division thanks to the Bruins blowout at the hands of the Ottawa Senators on Saturday afternoon.
Despite not earning the spot by a win of their own, Detroit's players are feeling good about clinching.
"Let's go have some fun down in Tampa," goaltender Jimmy Howard told reporters postgame.
Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg was quick to give some credit to the Senators' aiding win.
"We had our chances, made a good effort, but gotta send our thanks to Ottawa," Zetterberg said.
Zetterberg, who will suit up in the playoffs for the 13th time in his career, may have to share some calming advice with Detroit rookie sensation Dylan Larkin.
The Boston Bruins will no doubt be scoreboard watching this weekend.
With a devastating 6-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Bruins missed their chance to clinch a spot in the postseason and will now turn their eyes to the Philadelphia Flyers with the hope the team will stumble in their quest to clinch a spot, needing two points in their final two contests.
"Right now, all we can do is cross our fingers and hope for a miracle," head coach Claude Julien said. "That's all that's left for us.
"Excuses are out the window."
Forward Patrice Bergeron echoed his head coach suggesting the team now needs some help.
"Fingers crossed, I guess, but it was in our hands and we didn’t do it, so hopefully we can get some help from other teams," said Bergeron. "All you need is to get in, right? So after that, anything can happen.
"Hopefully it comes out that way."
After making the postseason every season from 2008-2014, the club is in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the second-straight season after missing last season's installment by just two points.
The Bruins chances are slim, but a huge opportunity was definitely squandered Saturday.
"Our A-game wasn't there," said Julien. There was a lot that wasn't at the level it needed to be today."