Anthony Cirelli injury details: Lightning forward returns after suffering apparent upper-body injury in Game 4

The Lightning avoided what would have been a big blow vs. Avalanche in Game 4.

Center Anthony Cirelli left during the second period with an apparent upper-body injury. After he was tripped up behind the Avalanche net, it looks as if he was clipped by the skate of teammate Alex Killorn. 

Cirelli returned in the third period, however, and took the opening draw for the Lightning. He did not appear affected by the injury while he was skating.

It would have been a big blow for the Lightning as Cirelli, along with linemates Alex Killorn and Brandon Hagel, have been consistently paired up against Nathan MacKinnon and the top line of Colorado. He’s by far their best defensive forward and has done a sensational job thus far of shutting down the Avs’ top forwards at 5 on 5. 

Cirelli also has contributed offensively, opening the scoring just 36 seconds into Game 4 by cleaning up a rebound in front.

In 21 playoff games, Cirelli has three goals and seven assists.

Tampa Bay is taking their one-goal lead into the final period of Wednesday night’s contest.  

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What is Anthony Cirelli’s injury?

It’s strictly speculation right now if the injury is a result of Killorn’s skate. By the video of the play, Cirelli’s delayed reaction makes it seem as though the injury does not stem from the fall, but rather something that happens while he is on the ground.  

Killorn’s skate appeared to be right near Cirelly’s bicep when Cirelli quickly reached for the arm, ripping off his glove and heading immediately off the ice.

At the very least, based on Cirelli’s reaction, it is most definitely a right arm injury. 

This story will continue to be updated. 

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