He met with reporters Monday for the first time since the injury and says he fully expects to play again this season. Stamkos was injured Nov. 11 against Boston. The high-scoring centre was taken off the ice on a stretcher after crashing into the post and had surgery the next day.
Stamkos is walking with a limp and says he's "overcome the initial shock and frustration and disappointment." He adds that he now will do whatever he can to get back as quickly as possible, but "obviously as smart as possible."
He's a special guy. Obviously we are lucky to have him. Just his talent, I'm not surprised anymore. You get to see this guy every practice, and you know what he's able to do. Obviously, it's pretty special for a guy that young to score a hat trick in playoffs, this type of a game too. Really happy for him.
— Predators goalie Pekka Rinne on Filip Forsberg, whose hat trick led Nashville to a Game 5 win vs. Chicago on Thursday