More than a month into his recovery from surgery to repair his fractured right tibia, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos has surprised himself by how upbeat and energetic he has been since overcoming the initial shock of the first major injury in his NHL career.
"Initially, I thought I'd be a lot more down and frustrated and asking, 'Why me? Why at this time? Why this year, with it being an Olympic year and with our team getting off to a good start?'" Stamkos told NHL.com. "But I've been pretty positive and excited to come to the rink, to work hard, to work my way back onto the ice."
Stamkos is getting closer, even though he admits he's taking only baby steps each day and sometimes those are hard to quantify.