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4/7/16 Lightning vs. Devils

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Drouin 'feels great to be back' with Lightning

Forward expects to build off game-winning goal in return to NHL

by Mike G. Morreale @MikeMorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Drouin beats Kinkaid five-hole

TBL@NJD: Drouin nets an insurance goal in the 3rd

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

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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.

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Drouin scores game-winner in return to lineup

Forward hadn't played in NHL since December; Lightning defeat Devils

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com staff writer

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.

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Drouin scores in return to Lightning

Lightning forward recalled Thursday gets goal against Devils

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Drouin beats Kinkaid five-hole

TBL@NJD: Drouin nets an insurance goal in the 3rd

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

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Forward Jonathan Drouin scored in the third period for the Tampa Bay Lightning in his first NHL game since Dec. 30.

Drouin scored his third NHL goal of the season 3:50 into the period against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center.

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Lightning's Hedman out against Devils

Defenseman could return for regular-season finale Saturday if 100 percent

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman will miss his second straight game Thursday against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center because of an upper-body injury.

Hedman, 25, participated in the morning skate Thursday, taking turns with Matt Carle and Nikita Nesterov, and said he felt good.

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Losing Stamkos 'punch to the gut' for Lightning

Coach Cooper says news of blood clot sent 'panic going through you'

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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.

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Lightning recall Drouin to face Devils

Third pick in 2013 NHL Draft expected to skate on Tampa Bay's second line

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

LIGHTNING (45-30-5) at DEVILS (37-35-8)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; SUN, MSG+, NHL.TV

NEWARK, N.J. -- Right wing Jonathan Drouin will return to the lineup for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Thursday.

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