Tampa Bay Lightning F Steven Stamkos out for remainder of Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper says forward Steven Stamkos will not return to the Stanley Cup playoffs. “I hope the next time we see him on the ice is during the trophy presentation,” said Cooper.

The 30-year-old returned to the Lightning roster for the first time since February in Game 3 and scored one goal, but had just five teams, playing just 2:47.

Stamkos skated cautiously at the end of his last shift in the first period and was not on the bench for the start of the second. He returned to the bench and did a few laps to test the injury but did not return and was deemed “unfit to play” for Game 4.

Stamkos, who last performed on February 25, underwent surgery in early March and worsened the injury at least once over the summer.

Tampa Bay leads the series 3-2.



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