Jonathan Drouin scores, Lightning secure round of home-ice advantage

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Every now and then, a storyline just comes together.

Granted, the prodigal son story of Jonathan Drouin returning to the Tampa Bay Lightning has the potential to make bigger waves than a single goal happening – at least if things are ideal for the Lightning, Drouin and Drouin’s reps – but hey … this is a start.

In his first game back with the big club, Drouin scored the 3-1 goal against the New Jersey Devils on Thursday.

For those counting, this is his first game with the Lightning since Dec. 30 and the first goal he’s scored for the Bolts since he had a one-goal, one-assist night on Dec. 2.

The Devils just made it 3-2, so that tally could be quite important.

Update: Yes, it ended up being the game-winner, with the Bolts icing it via a 4-2 empty-netter. The Lightning clinch the second seed in the Atlantic, so they’ll enjoy at least one round of home-ice advantage.