Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is returning to Tampa on Wednesday for further evaluation on a lower-body injury sustained during a 4-3 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. The Lightning provided no other information.
Stamkos left the game in the first period after he fell awkwardly against the boards while killing a penalty. He was unable to put pressure on his right leg as he skated to the bench. He played four shifts and had in 2:07 of ice time prior to leaving the game.
Stamkos signed an eight-year, $68 million contract with the Lightning on June 29 and is off to a fast start this season. He scored his ninth goal at 6:09 of the first period to give Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead. His 20 points are tied for second in the NHL with Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin, behind Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele and Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov, each with 21.
Injuries have slowed Stamkos' NHL career. He broke his right tibia after crashing into the goal post during a game at the Boston Bruins on Nov. 11, 2013, and missed 45 games. He also missed all but one game of the Lightning's run to the 2016 Eastern Conference Final while recovering from a blood clot.
The Lightning continue their four-game road trip against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; MSG-B, SUN, NHL.TV).
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