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08-04-2009, 01:27 PM
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goaltender Mike Smith, wearing his helmet and mask while practicing in Toronto, was hit in the head with a shot.
"Thank God," Lawton said, "it was from a 14-year-old."
In that sense, there was more relief in Lawton's voice than anything else. No kidding. Smith, the Lightning's No. 1 goalie, has been on the ice only about a week since spending six months recovering from post-concussion syndrome that had kept him sidelined since Jan. 30.
Smith is skating at a camp run by his personal coach, Jon Elkin, and has been taking shots from some of the campers. Apparently one got a wrist shot a little bit too high. But Lawton said there did not appear to be any damage done.
"He did get hit in the head," Lawton said, but added, "there were no effects from it."
Lawton also goes on to say that everyone one else's injuries are healing nicely and should be ready for camp, and he expects to sign in the up coming weeks Mike Lundin,Matt Lashoff, and Martins Karsums.
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