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Jonathan Drouin Is Gaining Respect From His Teammates

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

If you caught the amusement on the faces of Lightning players and coaches on Thursday afternoon, as Jonathan Drouin zipped up down and all around the ice, there was no need for an injury update.

The only lingering effect of the crushing hit by the Islanders’ Thomas Hickey on Monday was a scratch and bump on the diminutive Tampa forward’s nose.

But perhaps most importantly for the Lightning, who will look to jump out to a big 3-1 lead in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series Friday night at the Barclays Arena, is that the bruise to Drouin’s ego seems to get buried deeper in the past with each game he competes in.

And if there was resentment with the petulant way he handled a demotion in the summer, it sure sounds as though Drouin’s teammates are gaining a new respect for him.

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