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Stamkos: 'False positive test' suspected cause of being added to NHL COVID protocol list

The Tampa Bay Lightning captain said he hopes to be back on the ice 'in the next couple of days.'
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Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) before an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has been added to the NHL's COVID protocol list as "unavailable." 

Stamkos tweeted Friday evening he suspects a "false positive test" to be the reason he's been added to the list. 

"Hopefully that's the case and I will be back on the ice in the next couple of days," he wrote. "Until then I will continue to follow the NHL Covid list protocols."

On Thursday he was listed as "day-to-day" and sat out of the game against the Panthers due to a lower-body injury. 

Tampa Bay Lightning reporter Bryan Burns says Stamkos is the only Bolts player on the list at this time. 

Greg Wyshynski, Senior NHL Writer for ESPN, also tweeted the news and released a list of players added to the league's list. 

The team tweeted before Thursday's game that Stamkos had suffered a lower-body injury, and is listed as day-to-day. It's not clear how he sustained the injury.

Stamkos has gotten off to a hot start this season, scoring seven goals and 14 points across the team's first 11 games.

The Lightning later lost Thursday's game to the Panthers 5-2, snapping the team's six-game winning streak. 

This is a developing story. Check back with 10 Tampa Bay for updates. 

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