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Lightning's Stralman out for Game 1 against Penguins

'Still a work in progress' for defenseman, sidelined with fractured left fibula

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

PITTSBURGH -- Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman skated hard for the third consecutive day on Friday, but is not ready to return from a fractured left fibula and will not play in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

Stralman has been sidelined since March 25 because of the injury.

"It's a process," Stralman said, "but it's getting a little bit better every day and I try to push it a little bit harder, and so far so good."

Stralman said he hasn't reached the point yet where the decision is about whether he feels physically ready to play. There is still some concern about his leg.

"It there was no concern, I would play," he said. "It's still a work in progress and I try to take small steps every day."

With an extra off day before Game 2 on Monday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), Stralman will have two more days of skating to get ready, but said it's "too early to tell" if he'll be able to play by Monday.

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