TAMPA — Big picture in Jonathan Drouin's development, his winning shootout goal in the Lightning's 5-4 victory over the Panthers on Saturday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum will be a small moment.
But the 18-year-old still called it "a big confidence boost, for sure." Drouin scored the only shootout goal as Tampa Bay (4-0-0) did not play its best game — it lost a regulation victory with 53.7 seconds left on Bobby Butler's goal — but found a way to win.
"And that's the most important thing," coach Jon Cooper said. "It doesn't matter how you do it. Every win is not a Picasso, but to me they are."
Steven Stamkos had a goal and three points. Ryan Malone, Marty St. Louis and J.T. Brown also scored. G Ben Bishop stopped 25 of 29 shots and whiffed on what he called two knuckleballs. But he stopped all three shots in the shootout.
Drouin said against Jacob Markstrom he used "the move I always do … fake to a little backhand, make sure you lift it."
"You probably can't get a more pressure situation in a preseason game than that," Stamkos said. "He was pretty calm, under the circumstances. I might ask him for a couple of tips. He's got great skill. It's great he got to show it."
It was a nice end point for Drouin, a natural wing who is trying to find his way as a center. He lost 12 of 16 faceoffs and was on the ice for Butler's tying goal.
"For an 18-year-old it was a pretty salty move," Cooper said. "It was good to see he's not going to buckle under pressure."
HE'S BACK: RW Teddy Purcell played, one day after something — no one is saying what — kept him out of a 4-3 victory over the Blues. "I came in (Friday) and something felt off, so just wanted to take a precaution and see how it is (Saturday)," said Purcell, who joked the area of concern was somewhere between his hips and the top of his head. "Like I said, preseason, precautionary," Cooper said. "He's feeling good."
THEY'RE BACK: St. Louis, 38, and D Sami Salo, 39, played and were the last Lightning players to get in a preseason game. "They were almost growling at me that they hadn't played yet," Cooper said. Asked how many games he needs to be ready, St. Louis said, "I don't know. I'll let you know. I might need one. Who knows?"
CUTS: The camp roster was reduced to 36 by cutting 22 players. All were assigned to AHL Syracuse unless noted:
Goalies — Cedrick Desjardins (must clear waivers), Riku Helenius (must clear waivers). Defensemen — Slater Koekkoek (Windsor, OHL), Charles Landry, Dan Milan, Joey Mormina, Nikita Nesterov, Carl Neilsen, Artem Sergeev, Luke Witkowski. Forwards — Brady Brassart, Danick Gauthier, Henri Ikonen (Kingston, OHL), Max Langelier-Parent, Eric Neilson, Drew Olson, Evan Rankin, Tanner Richard, Vlad Namestnikov, Geoff Walker, Cedric Paquette, Philippe Paradis.
SCHEDULE: The team is off today. It is at Germain Arena in Estero on Monday-Saturday.
|Lightning wins shootout 1-0|
First Period—1, TB, Malone 1 (Hedman, Stamkos), 3:08. 2, TB, St. Louis 1 (Stamkos, Purcell), 10:34 (pp). Penalties—Salo, TB (hooking), 5:32; Selleck, Fla (tripping), 9:29; Mottau, Fla (hooking), 9:39.
Second Period—3, Fla, Gudbranson 3 (Kulikov), 9:40 (pp). 4, TB, J..Brown 1 (Salo), 11:15. 5, Fla, Kulikov 1 (Gilbert, Kopecky), 12:10 (pp). Penalties—Salo, TB (delay of game), 8:54; Tyrell, TB (holding), 12:00; Gudas, TB (roughing), 15:19; Mottau, Fla (slashing), 18:34.
Third Period—6, Fla, Butler 1 (Kopecky, Trocheck), 4:14. 7, TB, Stamkos 2 (Carle), 12:35. 8, Fla, Butler 2 (Gudbranson, Kulikov), 19:02. Penalties—Kulikov, Fla (roughing), 12:21; Malone, TB (roughing), 12:21; Cote, TB (high-sticking), 14:45. OT—None. Penalties—Upshall, Fla (trip), 1:04; Gomez, Fla (roughing), 4:24; Gudas, TB (roughing), 4:24; Stamkos, TB (slashing), 4:52.
SO—Fla 0 (Butler NG, Boyes NG, Kulikov NG), TB 1 (Purcell NG, Kucherov NG, Drouin G). Shots—Fla 6-12-10-1—29. TB 6-13-7-7—33. PP opps—Fla 2 of 6; TB 1 of 4. Goalies—Fla, Markstrom 0-0-2 (33 shots-29 saves). TB, Bishop 1-0-0 (29-25). A—13,135 (19,204).