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Tampa Bay Lightning

St. Louis returns to practice

Bolts forward takes to the ice for the first time since suffering nasal facial fractures

Tuesday, 12.20.2011 / 11:03 PM / Bolts Report
By Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter
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St. Louis returns to practice

Winners of two-straight games heading into Wednesday's matchup against the San Jose Sharks, things are looking brighter for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Things got even better, however, Tuesday morning as the team held practice at HP Pavillion.

Martin St. Louis returned to the rink to participate in his first on-ice practice since suffering facial and nasal fractures on Dec. 8 after being inadvertently struck by an errant shot from teammate Dominic Moore. St. Louis was wearing a cage at the practice as a precautionary measure to protect his face.

It is still uncertain whether or not St. Louis will play in Wednesday’s game against the Sharks, or on Friday against Colorado.

Immediately following the incident approximately two weeks ago, the Lightning forward was hospitalized with a broken nose and a fracture of his orbital bone. His eye was swollen and had a blood clot develop, which forced him to abstain from physical activity until the clot dissipated.

On Friday, prior to the team’s departure for Columbus, St. Louis participated in an off-ice workout inside the gym within the team’s locker room for the first time since suffering the injury. He said he felt fine, but admitted his vision was still blurry.

St. Louis, 36, has nine goals and 22 points in 27 games this season.