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Lightning hopeful Anton Stralman plays in second round



Lightning center Tyler Johnson was zipping around the ice Sunday, saying he feels way better than in Thursday's Game 5, when he left the game temporarily battling an illness. 

"All of a sudden, the trash can was getting a little heavier and my body was a little lighter," Johnson quipped.

He wasn't alone. Coach Jon Cooper said between 2-5 players were dealing with a flu bug Thursday. But thanks to back to back days off, that issue is gone as the Lightning feels healthy and rested as they await their second round opponent. It'll be either the Panthers or Islanders, which lead the series 3-2 heading into tonight's Game 6 in Brooklyn. Tampa Bay plans to take Monday off too before returning to practice Tuesday. 

Cooper said while defenseman Anton Stralman (fractured leg) won't be ready for the start of the series - he hasn't begun skating yet - he's hopeful Stralman will play at some point in the series. Cooper didn't seem as optimistic about J.T. Brown (upper body), indicating if he returns it'd be later in the series. 

Wing Ryan Callahan didn't skate today (rest day) and Mike Blunden (personal). Both expected back Tuesday. 


[Last modified: Sunday, April 24, 2016 2:59pm]


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