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
Tampa, Florida - As the Tampa Bay Lightning approach their first home game Thursday without Steven Stamkos, players said they'll miss him but they're ready to move on.
"You can feel sorry for yourself, use excuses, but at the end of the day, you're not gonna benefit from that," captain Marty St. Louis told 10 News, "You've gotta fight through it."
"Everybody's going to have to chip in a bit more," said Lightning center Brett Connolly. "It's going to take everybody. Obviously it's a big challenge for us. Everybody's going to have to chip in offensively, defensively, whatever it takes to try and fill the void for Stammer. Obviously he's a big loss, and everybody knows that."
Connolly filled in as first line center in the Montreal game, and is expected to the same against the Anaheim Ducks.
Head Coach Jon Cooper suggested that instead of worrying how to make up for Stamkos' scoring every night, he averages nearly a point a game, the Lightning can eliminate that point a game, with continued sharp defense.