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Video: Drouin scores first NHL goal, shows early chemistry with Stamkos

J.T. Brown, Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Drouin

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, center, celebrates with J.T. Brown (23) and Jonathan Drouin (27) after Stamkos scored against the Nashville Predators in the third period of a preseason NHL hockey game on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. The Predators won 2-1. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


The Good: Jonathan Drouin is fitting in nicely with Steven Stamkos on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Mega Powers line.*

The Bad: Another Lightning player might be injured, as J.T. Brown left the ice following a hard hit by Winnipeg Jets tough guy Chris Thorburn. Update: Brown and Brett Connolly ended up missing the rest of the game and are doubtful for Saturday.

It’s a bit early to assume that Brown will join Victor Hedman and Ryan Callahan on the Lightning’s growing injury list, so let’s focus upon the positive for a bit instead.

As it turns out, Drouin to Stamkos is looking awfully positive:

Yep, that was pretty.

Drouin, 19, now has an assist in two straight games (and counting).

Update: He added his first career NHL goal, too, so now he has three points in his first three games (and possibly counting):

In other words, even with injuries piling up, it’s still difficult to avoid visions of great things for the Lightning franchise. Winning tonight’s game 4-2 didn’t hurt matters, either.

* - Consider this a placeholder nickname, as the combo might just stick ... at least if Jon Cooper is smart.

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