It was a mere two weeks ago that NHL star Steven Stamkos suffered a broken right tibia after an ugly collision with the goal post during the second period of a 3-0 loss to the B’s at TD Garden, a tough blow to a Lightning team that was atop the Eastern Conference at the time. After undergoing surgery a day later in which a metal rod was inserted in his leg to secure the bone, the projected timetable for Stamkos’ return was more than a few months. Even beyond the blow to the Lightning, Team Canada also took a potential hit as Stamkos was pegged as one of the top players on the roster ahead of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Well some of those fears were put to rest this morning, when the 23-year-old Stamkos WALKED into a press conference WITHOUT the assistance of crutches.
Game Preview: Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
7pm, TD Garden, Boston, MA
TV: NESN, SUN-Florida Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
T-minus 24 hours until the puck officially drops on the Boston Bruins’ 2013-14 regular season, with new division opponent the Tampa Bay Lightning in town as the black and gold’s first opponent. There are a number of new faces in the Bruins lineup, while the Bolts are looking to get back on the winning track after a disappointing 14th place finish last season.
We’re inside a month before NHL preseason games kick in, so it’s time to start thinking about who your first picks might be in this year’s Fantasy Hockey Draft. If you find yourself with free reign over the draft pool with the first pick, I’d like to make your decision easy. While Alex Ovechkin’s red hot finish or Sidney Crosby’s 56 points in 36 games last season might draw your attention, simply stated, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos should be a clear cut number one pick this year.
After falling behind 2-0 after the first 20 minutes of play, the Boston Bruins rallied back with three unanswered goals against the Tampa Bay Lightning this afternoon at TD Garden to earn their sixth straight win and temporarily leap frog the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Northeast Division (the Canadiens take on the Penguins tonight). Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand had the goals for the B’s, and Anton Khudobin stopped 20 of 22 shots to earn the victory.
Game 14: Boston Bruins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Thursday, February 21st, 7:30pm, Tampa Bay Times Forum, Tampa Bay, FL
TV: NESN, NHL Network (US), SUN Tampa Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Just a day after it appeared the Bruins would likely be shorthanded on their current trip to the Sunshine State, all seven players that missed practice yesterday were accounted for as the team took to the ice at the Tampa Bay Times Forum for their last full practice before tomorrow night’s game with the Lightning. Despite a hot start the Bolts have cooled off recently, going 4-5-1 in their last 10 games, but with offensive threats like Steven Stamkos and Marty St. Louis, the Black and Gold will have their work cut out for themselves.