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Injury to Steven Stamkos overshadows Lightning win over Detroit

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The Tampa Bay Lightning won again Tuesday night. It just didn’t feel like it.

The Lightning lost captain Steven Stamkos to an apparent injury to his right leg, which put a dark cloud over the team’s 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings. Stamkos was hurt in the first period but did not return.

There was no immediate report as to how long Stamkos might be out, but he left the ice in pain.

Stamkos, who signed an eight-year, $68 million contract, scored his ninth goal in the first period Tuesday.

“Hopefully it’s something minor,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “We’ll have to wait and see.”

The Bolts won their second game in two days. This one didn’t come easily, however. The Bolts took a 3-1 lead. Detroit came back to tie the game, but Nikita Kucherov scored his second goal of the game with 70 seconds left to play.

Nikita Nesterov also scored for Tampa Bay.

The Bolts play in Boston Thursday night.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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