From The Ice

Stralman on ice at Tampa optional skate

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This morning the Tampa Bay Lightning had an optional skate which saw defenseman Anton Stralman participating with those that chose to have some ice time before tonight’s match up with the New York Islanders.

Stralman, 29, has been out since the tail end of the regular season with a lower body injury.

While he is still technically recovering from a fractured fibula sustained during the game on March 25th against the Lightning’s current Second Round match up, New York Islanders, he has begun skating and can be viewed via the link below on the ice this morning.

In his second season with the Tampa Bay organization the Swedish defenseman had scored nine goals and assisted on 25 other for 34 points in 73 games played, patrolling the Lightning’s blue line. The defenseman has been known to absorb much of the defensive time on ice and missed the entire First Round series against the Detroit Red Wings.

Last season he appeared in 26 post season games with the Lightning and had nine points in Tampa’s playoff push. While he has yet to make his post season debut this year the fact he is skating without a red no contact jersey is a good sign for Lightning fans. When had broken his leg back at the end of March the unofficial time table for return was 4-6 weeks. With it now being May he has entered the time in which when ready, and cleared, he could return to the lineup for the Lightning before the end of this series.

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