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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Lightning Injury Update: Steven Stamkos still feels his leg isn't fully healed

By on 11/13/2014 08:46:00 AM

Tuesday marked one full year since NHL star and one of the most prolific pure scorers in the game, Steven Stamkos, suffered a devastating injury, a broken right tibia, against the Boston Bruins. As a result, he had to undergo surgery, which the club said was successful.

The injury caused him to miss the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in which his Team Canada won gold, and the majority of the regular season, too. Remarkably, he did eventually come back, finishing with 25 goals and helping the Tampa Bay Lightning to the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The 24-year-old Stamkos seems to be in fine form this season, too. Ten goals in 15 games, including four goals in his last five games, and the Lightning, coming off a six-game winning streak that was broken in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Blackhawks on Tuesday night, sit atop the Eastern Conference.
Yet, according to a report in the Tampa Tribune, he is still dealing with the lingering impacts of that injury.

"That’s kind of the million dollar question, is it ever going to feel the same way as before, Stamkos told the Tampa Tribune recently. "It may never and I’m hoping one day I’ll wake up and it just feels like a regular leg. But I don’t know if that’s going to happen."

"Your body has a new norm now, and that’s been an adjustment. But mentally, it’s been night and day compared to where I ended the season off last year to where I am at this point the season."

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