Training Camp Blog with Ryan Malone
Day 5 - September 21, 2008
New Lightning wing Ryan Malone has agreed to provide a daily update from training camp for Tampabaylightning.com from today until the team departs for Prague next week.
So we’re in Day 5 of training camp. Today in practice we focused more on special teams. We worked on some power play and penalty killing drills. Coach emphasized getting the puck on net and creating traffic in front.
There was a pretty good tempo in practice and it was nice to have a bunch of fans here today. The fans added a little extra element and made it fun for us out there. It’s a good thing to be able to entertain the fans and we appreciate their support and are excited to get the season going.
I was definitely impressed with the way the guys battled against Pittsburgh yesterday. They were scored on right off the bat and that sometimes can be intimidating, but they showed a lot of character. They were able to turn the tide and they battled hard for the victory and that’s all Barry wants. To go into a tough environment, on the road, and win the game was great for everybody.
As for this week, tomorrow we have the game against Pitt. We’ll find out who’s playing and who’s not, and hopefully I’ll get a chance to play and have some fun. Then we’ll get ready for Prague shortly after.
I’m going to jump in the cold tub for a bit then head upstairs and sign some autographs for the fans so that’ll be fun. I’ll be back tomorrow with another update!