Victor Hedman is back in the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup after missing seven games with an upper-body injury.
The Swedish rearguard returned Saturday evening against the Ottawa Senators and made an immediate impact.
Hedman went end-to-end during the second period for one of the nicest goals you’ll see by a defenseman all season.
With Ottawa leading the Lightning 2-1 early in the frame, Hedman picked up the puck from goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy and went for a skate. The Senators clearly thought Hedman was going to make a drop pass at some point, but the blueliner just kept skating up-ice before beating opposing netminder Craig Anderson with a five-hole shot.
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Hedman was injured in a collision with Ryan Reaves in a game against the Vegas Golden Knights on Oct.26. He had two goals and four points in nine games prior to the injury.
Hedman is a former Norris Trophy winner and an invaluable part of Tampa Bay’s blueline. His coast-to-coast goal Saturday is a prime example of his complete skill-set that includes incredible skating ability and a lethal shot.
Welcome back, Victor.