Published: Mon, November 28, 2016
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Steven Stamkos Injury: Updates on Lightning Star's Status and Return

Stamkos, who last summer re-signed with the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2008 rather than testing free agency, was hurt during the opening period of Tuesday night's 4-3 road win. It just didn't feel like it. Tyler Johnson will likely get the first crack at replacing Stamkos on the Lightning's first line, with Valtteri Filppula sliding into Johnson's spot on the team's second line. The 21-year-old has skated in nine games for the Griffins this season and picked up four points (2-2-4), a plus-three rating, six penalty minutes and 28 shots on goal.

Stamkos, who signed a $68 million extension in the off-season, had been off to a good start with 20 points in 17 games, which is tied for third in the National Hockey League.

The injury happened in the first period when Stamkos was fighting for the puck along the wall.

Stamkos had two assists, Nikita Kucherov a goal and an assist and J.T. Brown, Ryan Callahan and Vladislav Namestnikov also scored for the Lightning.

Stamkos was injured in the first period against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night when he turned awkwardly and fell to the ice.

Stamkos was doing battle with Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist along the boards when a hit caused him to take on awkward tumble to the ground.

NOTE: Tampa Bay LW Jonathan Drouin missed his seventh game because of an upper-body injury and D Anton Strahlman missed his second game with an upper-body injury. He did not return and there was little in the way of updates from Cooper after the Lightning's 4-3 victory.

An immediate move would be even easier that usual since the Lightning plays in Buffalo on Thursday.

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