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There was a large crowd in Brandon for the Lightning's practice this morning, mostly due to a youth hockey tournament that was finishing up today. Lightning captain Tim Taylor's daughter, Brittany, was playing in the championship game on the other rink while the Bolts practiced, and Taylor brought the exercise bike out to the balcony to watch her team beat a team from New Jersey, 2-1, in overtime.
The Lightning had an upbeat practice despite the lingering disappointment about Saturday night’s loss against Washington. The players seem to be able to keep a positive outlook on the playoff race and there isn’t too much frustration creeping in, although goaltender Johan Holmqvist slammed his stick against the post after taking a shot in the neck area.
After the practice, John Tortorella said he’s not worried about the work ethic from the team.
“We practiced hard today,” he said. “I can count on one hand in the past 2-3 years when work ethic has been an issue with this team. It’s not a problem in the room.”
Martin St. Louis missed practice due to “body maintenance”, which usually means the player won’t be missing any game action. Brad Lukowich didn’t skate either. The team will practice at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the St. Pete Times Forum before heading to Buffalo for the first of back-to-back road games against the Sabres and Islanders.