Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper, 54, went under NHL Covid-19 protocol hours before Tuesday night’s 4-3 win over the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

It was the only game of the night, as nine others were postponed due to Covid-19 issues.

Also, it was the team’s last game before the Christmas Break, and the Lightning are now among the 26 teams—of 32—that have members in the protocol.

Assistant coach Derek Lalonde ran the forwards, while co-assistants Jeff Halpern and Rob Zettler and goalie coach Frantz Jean sat on the bench.

The Golden Knights faced COVID challenges too, with Evgenii Dadonov and Alex Pietrangelo testing positive earlier in the day.

It’s unclear how long Cooper will be out.


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