Inside Training Camp - Day Two
It showed, as Groups A, B, and C worked hard and looked sharp in two separate sessions of one-hour practice. On Rink One, Group A started off the morning by performing drills that simulated the transition game, in which two forwards skate out wide and alternate tape-to-tape passes until firing the puck on net. Vincent Lecavalier and Alex Tanguay were teamed up together.
As Group A continued to practice attacking in the offensive zone, Group B started off with some outlet passes from behind the net to the side boards and then moving on to two-on-none drills which featured some crisp one-time pass and shoot combos. Both groups then participated in figure-eight passing drills from blue line to blue line with a defender simulating a one-on-one breakaway. Meanwhile, Group C did some light stretches and strength training up on the mezzanine above the ice before holding on-ice practice of their own at 12:00.
"Today felt good to get out there on the ice and just get your feet going and get the tempo going," Lightning center Ryan Craig said. "It was a lot of fun. It was nice to handle the puck, I think a lot of the guys worked effectively and are just looking forward to start playing some games."
After a 15-minute session in the locker room to cool off, both Groups A and B took to the ice once again, in which both practiced getting back on defense and setting up the offense in transition.
Sunday’s practice concluded with one-on-one drills, as well as 3-on-2 drills, with an extra skater coming on during the play to mimic a line change. In addition, Group A participated in shootout drills where newly-acquired defenseman Mattias Ohlund gained the applause of not only the fans in attendance, but also his teammates and coaches.
"It was definitely a good first day on the ice. The coaches tested us and the drills they had us do simulated some game-situations and some guys learned their lanes as well. It was good to have the guys amped up with intensity once we got going. Overall, [practice] was extremely effective today," defenseman Matt Lashoff said.