Steven Stamkos sets Lightning return date

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Tampa Bay Lightning Forward Steven Stamkos has revealed that he is aiming to return to action against the Buffalo Sabres on March 6th.

Stamkos said: "It looks really good." following an x-ray on his surgically repaired right tibia on Monday.

Not getting ahead of himself however, he insisted that he and the Lightning are playing it smart and waiting a little bit longer for his return.

Stamkos first broke his leg back in November after he collided with a goal post in a game against the Boston Bruins.

Despite being able to train ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics, Stamkos was forced to pull out of the Canadian national team because his injury still hadn't healed.

Now Stamkos has said: "It did feel good [before the Olympics], but it feels even better now.

"Maybe I wasn't as far along as I thought, knowing how much better it has felt now that I have kept working on it and taking a couple of days off. It's just going to continually get better and that's positive knowing it's doing that."

Stamkos' aim of a March 6th return means that the Lightning will now have to enter their four game road trip with no return in sight for the Forward.

But the Lightning's first game back on home ice following the Olympic break should be even more hyped up now as all the fans will be sure to give the Canadian star a warm welcome.

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