Tampa Bay Lightning

Steven Stamkos Injury: Updates on Lightning Star's Head and Recovery

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R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IApril 21, 2014

Updates from Monday, April 21

Louis Jean of TVA Sports has the latest on Steven Stamkos:

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Things just keep getting worse for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Down 0-2 in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs entering Sunday's action against the Montreal Canadiens, the Lightning are now dealing with an injury to star center Steven Stamkos after taking a knee to the head.

Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star reported the injury as it happened on the ice:

The NHL on NBC reports that the knee was accidental as Stamkos went to the ice after losing the edge on his skate:

Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times also confirmed that Stamkos was taken to the locker room and gave a blow-by-blow breakdown of the second period for the Lightning:

Chris Johnston of Rogers Sportsnet reported Stamkos did return to the ice in the third period:

Missy Zielinski of lightning.nhl.com spoke with Stamkos about the decision to re-enter the game after Montreal's 3-2 win:

David Amber of Hockey Night in Canada spoke with Jon Cooper about allowing him to go back in the game:

This injury for Stamkos is not his first on the season. On Nov. 11, 2013, Stamkos suffered a broken tibia that held him out for much of the season, but his return sparked a run by Tampa Bay all the way to the playoffs.

Here's a video of the injury for the captain:

As for Stamkos' thoughts on the series, even with a two-game deficit (now three after Sunday's 3-2 loss), he spoke about putting the team before himself to earn the win, per Gary Shelton of the Tampa Bay Times:

I'm not satisfied unless we win. I'd trade personal success for team success. It would still be a story if I wasn't producing, but we were winning.

It's not just me. Collectively we aren't going far as a team if just one player is playing well. We weren't satisfied with our effort (in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime loss in Game 1). The more we watch the tape, the more we see things that we can improve on.

In just 37 games played this season, Stamkos still registered 25 goals and 40 points on the year. His goal-scoring threat from anywhere on the ice and ability to create scoring opportunities made him a catalyst for the Lightning's success.

The extent of the injury hasn't been reported, but if Stamkos isn't 100 percent for the Lightning, the 0-3 deficit will be insurmountable for Tampa Bay. When more information about the injury comes through, it will be added immediately to this story.

 

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