St. Louis' goal lifts White to a 2-1 scrimmage victory

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The Lightning held its first scrimmage of training camp, a 40-minute, two-half affair with a running clock that ended with a 2-1 victory for the White over the Blue.

Marty St. Louis' goal at the end of a nifty two-on-one with Steven Stamkos broke a 1-1 tie. Brett Connolly also scored for the White in the second half with a re-direct of a pass/shot from rookie Jonathan Drouin. Both goals were scored on goaltender Riku Helenius.

Connolly also made a nice defensive play as the scrimmage ended. In perfect position in front of the net, he was able to clear a puck from just in front of the crease.

The Blue took a 1-0 first-half lead when Ondrej Palat drove to the net and sneaked the puck past goalie Anders Lindback.

"It was far from perfection but they worked really hard, so that was a good sign," coach Jon Cooper said.

Also good signs, Cooper said, was the gap the defense kept against the opponent's forwards and Connolly's goal.

"Brett's come a long way," Cooper said said of 2010's No. 6 overall draft pick. "There's just a big learning curve for these players. I look at Brett Connolly today compared from a year ago. He's a way better hockey player. He's a mature hockey player now. It's kind of fun to watch."

[Last modified: Monday, September 16, 2013 4:34pm]

    

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