Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Brett Connolly leaves the ice bleeding, returns ready to practice
Rookie Brett Connolly can play three more games for the Tampa Bay Lightning before the team has to send him back to juniors or have the clock start on his three-year, $2.7 million contract. But for a few minutes during Tuesday's practice in Brandon there was a different concern as the right wing left the ice bleeding from his forehead.
Connolly eventually returned and even stayed on the ice for some extra work after practice ended. But things weren't quite as calm after Connolly, 19, left the ice followed by a trainer and angrily smacked the door to the locker room as he entered. Connolly said teammate Eric Brewer had toppled onto him which pushed his head into the ice. The cut actually was caused by his visor, Connolly said.
Connolly said he did not require stitches, just some medical adhesive tape to stem the blood.
"It was," he said, "pretty minor."
Connolly has played fairly well in his six NHL games. He has an assist. Has spent time on a line with center Steven Stamkos and Marty St. Louis, is averaging 13:25 of ice time, has taken nine shots and has six penalty minutes.
In other practice notes, captain Vinny Lecavalier did not practice because he and wife Croline were having their second child, a boy. ... After giving up five power play goals in Monday's 7-4 loss to the Panthers, no surprise the team worked on the penalty kill. And given the team is 0-for-6 on shootout chances, it practiced breakaways.