Nearly all of the Lightning's walking wounded skated Saturday. That included captain Vinny Lecavalier and D Marc-Andre Bergeron, who both missed Thursday's game in Boston. The only missing member was RW Steve Downie, who is out with an unspecified lower-body injury suffered in the second period in Boston. Lecavalier missed one game after suffering an unspecified mid-body injury following a hit on New Jersey's David Steckel late in Wednesday's loss to the Devils. While he said before the game he felt good after the morning skate, he wanted to make sure he wasn't pushing himself too fast to get back in the lineup to face his hometown Canadiens. "You have to be smart. You don't want to make an injury worse by playing because it is the Montreal Canadiens," Lecavalier said. "Obviously, it's special to play them and it's fun to be part of the game." Bergeron also wanted to play against the Canadiens, a team he helped get to the Eastern Conference finals last season before suffering a major knee injury that required offseason surgery. But after missing two games with back spasms caused by doing squats during a workout session earlier in the week, he said he's changing his exercise habits. "I'm not going to do squats anymore, that's it. It's the second time I've hurt my back doing squats," he said. "I have to be smarter than that. I don't think I need to do those things anymore. There are plenty of ways to do those same things." Downie, meanwhile, has a different lower-body injury than his right ankle, which has hampered him since December. He left the game during the second period Thursday after a collision with Boston's Scott Thornton.
Injured players return to ice
Tampa Tribune | Mar 6