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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

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.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory