Erik Condra back on ice after 'scary' hit into boards
Lightning wing Erik Condra was back at practice Monday - and in line rushes - with the possibility he could play in Tuesday's Game 3.
It was a very encouraging sight considering how bad it looked when Condra hit his head into the boards on a hit by Islanders' Casey Cizikas in Game 1. Condra was dazed, saying while he didn't know if he lost consciousness, he was "out of it" for a little bit.
"It's a scary thing," he says.
Condra said he was in a "fog" briefly but 10 minutes after getting into the lockerroom he was better and "passing tests." He missed Game 2 but has skated twice.
"It's weird sometimes," Condra said. "I've seen guys just get bumped and are out for months. Or it looks really bad and you feel pretty good the next day. And that's the way it was for me. And I'm happy about that."
Condra didn't appear to take issue with Cizikas, saying he got hit square at a weird distance from the back boards.
"If I'm closer or further away," he said. "Nothing happens."
Forward Mike Blunden, who missed the first two games of this series, also skated in practice and said he hopes to be ready Tuesday
A few other injured players - Anton Stralman, J.T. Brown and Matt Carle - skated on their own before practice. Brown didn't use a stick, an indication he may have a wrist or hand injury. It's uncertain if Stralman or Brown will play in this series, Carle likely closer.