CAN STE VEN STAMKOSS BOUNCE BACK?
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WITH ALL APOLOGIES to Lemony Snicket, Steven Stamkos has certainly gone through a series of unfortunate events in the past four years. First, there was the broken right tibia, sustained in November 2013 when then-Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton pushed him into the Tampa Bay goalpost. The result was 45 games missed – not to mention the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where Canada went on to capture the gold medal without Stamkos.
Two seasons later, it was the threat of blood clots that caused Stamkos to miss the final five games of the regu- lar season and the entire playoffs save for one game, where the Lightning would ultimately lose to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. Stamkos maintains he didn’t technically have blood clots, but instead a rare vein condition that could have led to blockages, hence the need for blood thinners. Either way, another season went down the drain.
Last year, it was an innocuous hit on Detroit’s Gustav Nyquist that ended up causing a severe tear in Stamkos’ right knee (the lateral meniscus, specifically). That cost the Tampa Bay captain the final 65 games of the season, and he is still recovering.