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Much has been made about how much the Lightning miss injured top scorer Steven Stamkos and top-pairing defenseman Anton Stralman, and deservedly so.
The Lightning got some encouraging news on the injury front Thursday, as defenseman Anton Stralman and wing J.T. Brown took part in their first full team practices since getting hurt.
The Lightning made a big move with its AHL affiliate in Syracuse, relieving head coach Rob Zettler of his duties and hiring Benoit Groulx.
Lightning coach Jon Cooper said his team's mantra during the playoffs has been to stay alive so its injured regulars won't have already played their last game.
The Lightning could be getting a key piece back on its blueline heading into tonight's Game 4 against the Islanders.
Both defenseman Matt Carle and wing Erik Condra participated fully in Thursday's practice at the Prudential Center, and there's a chance both could return to the lineup for Friday's Game 4 against the Islanders.
While Islanders coach Jack Capuano expected Lightning center Brian Boyle to be suspended for his overtime hit on Thomas Hickey, that will not be the case.
Defenseman Anton Stralman took part in the Lightning's optional morning skate Tuesday in a regular-colored jersey, his first skate with the team since fracturing his left leg Mar. 25.
Lightning wing Erik Condra was back at practice Monday - and in line rushes - with the possibility he could play in Tuesday's Game 3.
Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman made an appearance Friday, skating in full gear on his own before the team's practice at the Ice Sports Forum.
It certainly didn't look good Wednesday when wing Erik Condra took a nasty fall into the boards early in the first period, thanks to a hit by the Islanders' Casey Cizikas.
After nearly a week between games, the Lightning will finally begin round two of the playoffs against the Islanders Wednesday at Amalie Arena.
Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop was named one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league's best goaltender.
For the entire first-round series, forward Jonathan Marchessault was a spectator.
Steven Stamkos is back. The Lightning captain returned to the ice Tuesday - albeit in a red non-contact sweater - for practice, his first with the team since undergoing vascular surgery to repair a blood clot in his collarbone April 4. "It was fantastic," he said.
Lightning center Tyler Johnson was zipping around the ice Sunday, saying he feels way better than in Thursday's Game 5, when he left the game temporarily battling an illness.
Defenseman Victor Hedman said before this series he wants to play more minutes. And the Lightning have granted him his wish, Hedman logging 30:02 in Game 4, just the third time in his career he's played over 30 minutes. Defenseman Victor Hedman said before this series he wants to play more minutes.
The Lightning have a chance to close out this first-round series with Detroit tonight in Game 5, holding a 3-1 series advantage.
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos isn't participating in the playoffs so far, yet he's still in the news.