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Marty St. Louis’ bad luck on the ice continued today when a deflected puck in practice struck him below his lower lip and forced another trip to the doctor for stitches. St. Louis just recently had stitches removed after taking a skate in the face from a linesman in Ottawa two weeks ago. I guess I can’t really say he’s having “bad luck” on the ice, though, considering his torrid scoring pace of late and his First Star performance against Florida Saturday night.
Another shootout contest took place during practice today, though this time a true winner wasn’t determined. Matt Pettinger, Steve Eminger, Vaclav Prospal and Ryan Malone
were the last four standing after a few rounds, though all four were stopped on their final attempts. It would be interesting to see if Tocchet would throw out a defenseman (Eminger) in the top three.
The Bolts will probably need to be better tomorrow night against Montreal than they were Saturday against Florida if they want to keep the wins coming, but the team is definitely playing with more confidence these days. Coach Rick Tocchet said Mike Smith will play again, and that Lukas Krajicek, who missed Saturday’s win with an upper body injury, is “50-50.” If he can’t go Matt Smaby will play again, which is OK considering the solid game he had Saturday.
Tocchet’s said the main focus for tomorrow night is limiting turnovers in the neutral zone. Montreal, he warned, is lethal on the counter-attack and must be forced to go 200 feet to reach the Tampa Bay net.