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Steven Stamkos off of crutches: report

Lightning captain recovering from November knee surgery @NHLdotcom

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos is is off crutches he required after having surgery to repair the lateral meniscus in his right knee in November, the Tampa Bay Times reported Monday.

Stamkos, who had surgery Nov. 17 and was expected to be sidelined four months, rode an exercise bike and watched his teammates practice Monday, according to the newspaper.

Prior to his injury, Stamkos, 26, had nine goals and 20 points in 17 games this season. He has missed 21 games.

Last season he missed the final five games of the regular season and 16 of 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games because of a blood clot near his right collarbone.

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