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Lightning star Steven Stamkos says he has been cleared to return from injury

Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 10:15 AM / News

The Canadian Press

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Lightning star Steven Stamkos says he has been cleared to return from injury

TAMPA, Fla. - Steven Stamkos says he'll return to the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup tomorrow, four months after breaking his right leg.

Stamkos, who was forced to miss the Sochi Olympics and the Lightning's past 45 games, tweeted that he'll play against the Buffalo Sabres after getting cleared by doctors.

"Just left the doctors office," Stamkos wrote on his verified Twitter account. "Got the green light. See you tomorrow Bolts fans. Excited to be back!!"

Stamkos broke his right tibia Nov. 11 when he crashed into the goalpost in Boston. The 24-year-old Markham, Ont., native was selected for Team Canada as he rehabilitated that injury but ultimately was not ready to play.

Through the 17 games he played this season, Stamkos had 14 goals and nine assists. In 390 NHL games, he has 222 goals and 187 assists.

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

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