A linesman skated right over to Hischier, but no penalty was assessed to Hedman on the play. Hischier briefly went down the tunnel and did no play another shift in the game.

An NHL spokesperson said the incident, like all plays, was looked at by NHL Player Safety, and it was determined Hedman will not face a fine or suspension.

The Lightning defenseman hit Hischier between the legs with the blade of his stick at the 1:33 mark of the third period, with the Devils leading 3-2 and the Lightning on a power play.

Hedman caught Hischier right after the rookie forward cleared a puck out of the neutral zone. Hischier fell to the ice, reacting immediately.

Ben Simmons finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the 76ers, who won for the 18th time in their last 19 games and reclaimed home-court advantage. Embiid went on a personal 7-0 run in the fourth quarter to help Philadelphia extend its lead to 14, and send many in the crowd to the exits.

Goran Dragic scored 23 points for Miami, which got 19 from Justise Winslow and 14 from Josh Richardson.

Game 4 is Saturday afternoon.

Embiid was announced as doubtful to start the day, then was upgraded to probable in the afternoon and eventually cleared to start. He wore a mask and goggles to protect the surgically repaired orbital bone around his left eye, though his new accessory didn’t exactly seem up to the rigors of playoff basketball needing to be swapped out at least twice.

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