Agitator Downie better but still day-to-day for Tampa Bay

Downie

BOSTON — Tampa Bay forward Steve Downie hasn’t been heard from since he took a high hit into the glass from the Bruins’ Nathan Horton late in the second period of Saturday’s Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final.

It’s believed Downie, who drew a roughing penalty on Horton but also was called for diving, suffered some sort of head injury. After the Lightning’s morning skate, head coach Guy Boucher said Downie was feeling better this morning but the coach had yet to talk to the doctors about the player.

As for Downie’s status for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final tonight at the TD Garden, Boucher said:

“He’s doing better this morning. But better and ready to go doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the same thing. But at least it’s better. So there’s something positive — and [forward Dana] Tyrell, same thing. He was sick last game. Couldn’t play much. So today and yesterday he was much better. And today he’s fine.”

Boucher said that if Downie couldn’t play tonight, Blair Jones would replace him in the lineup.

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