Erik Condra 'much better' after big hit Thursday
It certainly didn't look good Wednesday when wing Erik Condra took a nasty fall into the boards early in the first period, thanks to a hit by the Islanders' Casey Cizikas.
Condra looked dazed, having to get helped off by a trainer and two teammates, and never returned in a 5-3 Game 1 loss to New York.
But coach Jon Cooper seemed encouraged with how Condra is feeling Thursday, even if it's questionable whether the wing can skate the next few days.
"That was a hit that looked really bad," Cooper said. "But he's doing a lot better than the actual hit looked."
Cooper didn't appear to have an issue with Cizikas hit, which came near the Lightning red line as Condra was sending a pass up ice. "A hockey play," Cooper said.
Cooper's not sure if Condra will skate in the next couple days, or be available for Saturday's Game 2. Tampa Bay may have a forward or two from the black aces practice Friday.
"He's fine, he's in good spirits," Cooper said. "Just a tough one."
More from practice: The Lightning had an optional practice, with 15 players participating. Captain Steven Stamkos was on the ice for the third straight day, albeit in a red non contact jersey. Both goalies were there, too. Tampa Bay will practice in Brandon at 11 a.m. on Friday.