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Lightning star Steven Stamkos takes part in first morning skate since breaking right shin

Thursday, 01.16.2014 / 12:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Lightning star Steven Stamkos takes part in first morning skate since breaking right shin

TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos has taken another step forward in his comeback from a broken right shin by taking part in his first morning skate.

Stamkos practiced with his teammates on Thursday as they prepared for a game Thursday night against the New York Islanders. The centre had been skating on his own, or briefly joining the team on the ice at the end of workouts.

A member of Canada's Olympic team, Stamkos remains confident that he will be able to play with the Lightning and then participate in the Sochi games next month.

Stamkos has been out since he was injured Nov. 11 at Boston and needed surgery.

Stamkos had 14 goals and 23 points in 17 games before the injury.

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You know what? We've played in some pretty special buildings along this playoff run so far. You start in Detroit, you go to Montreal, you come here … I think it's the first team to beat three Original Six teams to get to the Final if I'm not mistaken. That says how tough the road has been. Those are tough places to win.

— Lightning forward Steven Stamkos after Game 7 win vs. Rangers on Friday in New York