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Steven Stamkos in Lightning lineup for Game 7

  • Steven Stamkos hasn’t played since Mar. 31, undergoing surgery April 4 to repair a blood clot in his collarbone area.
  • And coach Jon Cooper didn’t exactly rule Stamkos out, declining to say whether Stamkos is available.
  • Illig couldn’t say whether Stamkos is off blood thinners, or if he’s on the necessary regimen to play.
  • Stamkos’ surgeon, Dr. Karl Illlig, told the Tampa Bay Times Thursday he cleared the All-Star a while ago, but the issues were him still being on blood thinners; players can’t participate in games on blood thinners.
  • Illig said Stamkos received several opinions from hematologists, and made his decision to return tonight, a decision Illig supports.

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@TBTimes_JSmith: “Amid smoke and speculation, Steven Stamkos status up in air for Game 7. Cooper wouldn’t say either way”

Steven Stamkos is back.The Lightning captain made his much-anticipted return for Thursday’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. He hadn’t played since Mar. 31, working his way back from April 4 surgery to repair a blood clot in his right collarbone area, a condition called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

Steven Stamkos in Lightning lineup for Game 7

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