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Steven Stamkos says his knee is fine, ready to play in World Championships

Monday, 04.29.2013 / 11:42 AM / Features
By Peter Pupello  - Lightning Beat Reporter
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Steven Stamkos says his knee is fine, ready to play in World Championships
Steven Stamkos says his knee is fine, ready to play in World Championships

There was a scary moment during Saturday night’s season finale against the Florida Panthers.

Steven Stamkos
Steven Stamkos
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It took place near the end of the game, with just 1:10 to play in the final period to be exact, when Lightning forward Steven Stamkos took a hard check from Panthers defenseman Filip Kuba, which resulted in some discomfort in his knee.

Fortunately, Stamkos revealed Monday morning as the team conducted its final interviews before checking out for the summer, that his knee suffered no structural or ligament damage, and that he is good to go for the World Championships tournament in Sweden, for which he leaves tomorrow.

Right now it’s just sore. At the time you don’t know, but the doctor checked it out, & everything is good. Steven Stamkos

“Right now it’s just sore,” Stamkos said. “At the time you don’t know, but the doctor checked it out, and everything is good.”

The news comes as a relief for the Bolts center, who said he is excited to participate in this year’s tournament, which kicks off next month, especially after missing last year’s competition due to a nagging shoulder injury.

With five months off until the start of the team’s 2013 training camp in September, the experience will also be beneficial, as it will keep Stamkos fresh throughout the offseason and see him continue to play in games against some of the best players in the world.

Of course, none of the experience would be possible if it weren’t for Stamkos’ full bill of health.

“I’m pretty excited,” he added. “I should have no problems.”