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Lightning haven’t ruled out Brayden Point for Game 6

May 8, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) prior to game four of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Lightning have not ruled out star center Brayden Point for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night against the visiting New York Rangers.

Point has missed the last nine games and has not played since sustaining a lower-body injury in Game 7 of Tampa Bay’s first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs on May 14.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper indicated Saturday morning that Point could return. Tampa Bay holds a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series and can clinch a third straight trip to the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night.

“I think if you see him in warm-ups, then he’s probably a game-time decision,” Cooper said. “If you don’t see him in warm-ups, that pretty much tells you what’s going on with him. We’ll see how he’s feeling after the skate.”

On the season, the 26-year-old Point recorded 58 points (28 goals, 30 assists) in 66 games. In seven playoff games, he had two goals and two assists.

No player has scored more goals (30) than Point over the past three NHL postseasons.

–Field Level Media