Tampa Bay Lightning place captain Steven Stamkos on long-term IR

Mar 23, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) in action during the game between the Dallas Stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Lightning placed captain Steven Stamkos on the long-term injured reserve list because of a lower-body ailment.

The move is retroactive to last Friday.

Stamkos, 31, will miss at least 10 games or 24 days retroactive to his last game. The forward was injured during the third period of the Lightning’s 6-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 8.

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He would be eligible to return on May 3.

The Lightning did not disclose if Stamkos’ injury is related to the core-muscle issue he endured last season. Stamkos underwent surgery in March and went nearly seven months between games, returning for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals,

Stamkos shares the team lead in goals (17) this season with Brayden Point. His 34 points are five shy of the club lead held by defenseman Victor Hedman.

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A two-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy recipient (2009-10, 2011-12) as the NHL’s leading goal scorer for a season, Stamkos is the Lightning’s all-time leader with 439 goals. He has 427 assists and 866 points in 841 games over 13 seasons since being selected with the top overall pick of the 2008 NHL Draft.

–Field Level Media