- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - All-Star defenseman Victor Hedman has missed his second straight game for the Tampa Bay Lightning due to an illness.

The Lightning faced the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday night.

Hedman fell ill on Monday before the Lightning opened a six-game road trip with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings. He had played in each of Tampa Bay’s first 44 games.

Hedman has seven goals and 31 assists, leading all NHL defensemen in assists. The 6-foot-6 Swede leads the Lightning in ice time and blocked shots, and he trails only fellow All-Star Nikita Kucherov for the scoring lead.

Hedman was selected to his first Eastern Conference All-Star team last week.

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