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Tampa Bay Lightning's Benoit Pouliot (67) is congratulated by teammate Victor Hedman (77) after Pouliot scored the game winning goal in a 6-5 win in overtime against the Florida Panthers in an NHL hockey game in Sunrise, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013.Alan Diaz/The Associated Press

Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman will be out of action four to six weeks a broken finger on his right hand.

Hedman was hurt in the Lightning's 4-2 win in Vancouver on Saturday. He left the game in the second period and did not return.

The team said the broken finger will require surgery.

Hedman was off to a promising start this season with three goals and four assists in five games.

"That's a big loss, he's playing so well and he's a horse for us," Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said after Saturday's game.