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Steven Stamkos still rounding back into form for Lightning

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos warms up prior to Wednesday's game against the Maple Leafs in...

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos warms up prior to Wednesday's game against the Maple Leafs in Toronto. (Jack Boland/QMI Agency)

DAVE HILSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:58 PM ET

TORONTO - It’s hard to believe after Wednesday night’s performance, but Steven Stamkos is not there yet.

He says he’s slowly working himself back into the form that had him score 60 goals the last time the NHL played a full campaign, in 2011-12.

Back into the form that had him out in front in the early goal-scoring race this season, with 14 in 16 games, before a broken leg suffered in a game against the Boston Bruins on Nov. 11 put him on the shelf for four months and caused him to miss the Sochi Olympics.

“When you’re out for a long time, you expect to come back and feel the same, but realistically you’ve missed four months. Especially with a leg injury, which definitely affects your skating,” Stamkos said after his team’s gameday skate at the Air Canada Centre.


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