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Lightning's Stamkos walking without crutches, boot

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Stamkos at the first news conference after the injury Stamkos at the first news conference after the injury
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Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos is walking without crutches or a boot two weeks after breaking his right leg.

He met with reporters Monday for the first time since the injury and says he fully expects to play again this season. Stamkos was injured Nov. 11 against Boston. The high-scoring center was taken off the ice on a stretcher after crashing into the post and had surgery the next day.

Stamkos is walking with a limp and says he's "overcome the initial shock and frustration and disappointment." He adds that he now will do whatever he can to get back as quickly as possible, but "obviously as smart as possible."

Stamkos said he saw the replay of the incident several times and doesn't think the backcheck was intentional or dirty. He said he even pinched himself after the injury thinking it was all a dream. He added that Zdeno Chara reached out to him.

Stamkos added the Olympic games are on the back burner. He is focused on getting healthy and back on ice. He is trying to stay positive and up-beat although he admits it's tough watching his teammates on TV.

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