4/7/16: In his first game back with the Lightning, Jonathan Drouin beats Keith Kinkaid through the five-hole from the left circle in the 3rd
NEWARK, N.J. -- Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper would prefer if this new chapter in the career of Jonathan Drouin turns out to be his finest piece of work.
It certainly got off to a rousing start Thursday when Drouin scored his first NHL game-winning goal, generated a Lightning-high four shots, and played 15:41 in a 4-2 win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. It was his first NHL game since Dec. 30.
NEWARK, N.J. -- Right wing Jonathan Drouin scored his first NHL game-winning goal in his return to the lineup on Thursday to help the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-2 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.
Drouin, recalled from Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Wednesday played his first NHL game since Dec. 30, and scored his first goal since Dec. 2. He controlled a drop pass from Vladislav Namestnikov in the right circle and took a wrist shot that beat goaltender Keith Kinkaid between the pads for a 3-1 lead 3:50 into the third period. It was Drouin's third goal of the season.
Losing captain Steven Stamkos with a blood clot was a "punch to the gut" for the Tampa Bay Lightning, coach Jon Cooper told "NHL Live" on Wednesday.
"With Stamkos, we didn't watch anything happen," Cooper said of actually seeing the injury occur. "That was a discomfort in his arm after the Montreal game (on March 31), not really thinking anything, and all of a sudden you hear the word 'blood clots' and there's just panic going through you.