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Lightning center Steven Stamkos delighted with return to ice

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:46:25 +0000

Nikko Villanueva - 4E Sports Contributor

Tampa Bay, FL, United States (4E Sports) - Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said he felt good after participating in the team's second intrasquad scrimmage Monday.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper was hopeful with Stamkos' performance, including a shot on the goal during the scrimmage.

The 24-year-old suffered a broken tibia in a game against the Boston Bruins last year.

Stamkos injured his leg while backchecking on a play and got tangled with Bruins' defenseman Dougie Hamilton, slamming his right leg in the right post according to TSN.ca.

Cooper told the team's website, "There's no sense to put more burden than he has to have."

"We're really happy with where he's at. Clearly, he's got much more jump, confidence than he ever had during that last stretch of the year when he came back after the injury," he added.

According to the NHL Cooper plans to play Stamkos in three out of six preseason games to give him ample rest.

Stamkos, who was rewarded with a day-off Sunday, understood how the body reacts after resting.

"For me, now that I've been able to have those days off and see how good the body reacts the next day, it's definitely worth it. It felt good to get out there and kind of get the legs going."

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