A Lightning team short a few goal scorers got one of those key contributors back a little sooner than expected Tuesday, thanks in part to the wonders of modern medicine. LW Simon Gagne, who missed Saturday's game against Ottawa after receiving a special treatment for a chronic neck ailment, was back in the lineup to face the Islanders. Gagne's return came just four days after he was given an injection to the back of the neck that designed to alleviate the pain caused by a growth of scar tissue that has become entangled in his neck muscles. "I actually felt really good after the treatment and I told (coach Guy Boucher) that he can expect me to play against the Islanders, so I'm pretty happy that I did (received the injection),'' Gagne said. Gagne, a two-time 40-goal scorer brought to the Lightning to add some firepower to their second line, missed 18 games earlier in the year because of the neck problem and has been fighting through discomfort in recent weeks. He said the injection he received in Montreal was one he had never received before and added that he is hopeful this injection will allow him to play pain-free through the end of the regular season and in the playoffs. "I have no idea what it is (that they injected me with), but I know it's working and so I'm glad I did it when I did it,'' Gagne said. "It's good stuff whatever it is.''
Gagne makes surprise return
Tampa Tribune | Mar 23