The Lightning survived the loss of captain Vinny Lecavalier to injury earlier this season. Now, they have to do it again.

Lecavalier, who missed 15 games in November and December with a fracture in his hand, sat out Thursday's game in Boston with an undisclosed mid-body injury suffered in the late stages of Wednesday's loss in New Jersey. Lecavalier suffered the injury when he delivered a hit to Devils C David Steckel with 3:16 left in the third period. Although Lecavalier played the remainder of the game, including the final 1:26 of the period, he said he felt the situation worsen as soon as the game was over.

"I kind of knew right away, and it kind of got worse right after the game obviously because you are all warmed up, so after that I knew it,'' Lecavalier said.

The injury is not related to his hip and it is not considered serious. It will be treated with therapy for the time being, and Lecavalier said he hopes to be ready to return when Tampa Bay hosts Montreal on Saturday. He is taking things on a day-by-day approach.

"It's just something you have to treat, and sometimes it takes a little longer than other times," Lecavalier said. "It's more of a day-to-day thing. But obviously, we're going to have to keep an eye on it and treat it. I can't say if (Friday) it's going to be good or the day after that.''

In addition, D Marc-Andre Bergeron missed his second consecutive game with back spasms, which he suffered doing squats during a workout session Tuesday. He said Thursday he felt better, but he did not take part in warm-ups and remains day-to-day.