Stamkos returns without crutches or walking boot

11:56 PM, Nov 25, 2013   |    comments
  • Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis (26) is honored for his 1,000 career game and given a book by teammate, center Steven Stamkos (91) before the game against the New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Times Forum. -Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
  • Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos is wheeled off on a stretcher during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos is walking without crutches or a boot two weeks after breaking his right leg.

He met with reporters Monday for the first time since the injury and says he fully expects to play again this season. Stamkos was injured Nov. 11 against Boston. The high-scoring center was taken off the ice on a stretcher after crashing into the post and had surgery the next day.

Stamkos is walking with a limp and says he's "overcome the initial shock and frustration and disappointment." He adds that he now will do whatever he can to get back as quickly as possible, but "obviously as smart as possible."

When asked about playing in the Winter Olympics in February, Stankos responded,  "You defintely have to have a goal, and that's a goal for me... But we're not going to rush anything, or take chances because of that... If everything goes well, and i'm back, then that's a bonus."

Associated Press

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