Anton Stralman hopes he's got 'good healing powers'
Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman knew it was bad right away when his left leg crumpled awkwardly underneath him in a battle in front of the net Mar. 25.
"Was quite a bit of pain there," Stralman said. "You try to think you know what it is, but you don't."
It wasn't until Stralman was helped off the ice and underwent tests that he found out the full severity, a fractured left leg, sidelining him through the beginning of the playoffs. Stralman, on crutches in the Lightning dressing room Saturday, wouldn't give a definite timeline, but is staying positive and hoping for "good healing powers."
"I think it could have been a lot worse and definitely for sure out the rest of the year," Stralman said. "And now at least I have a chance and that's the way I'm trying to look at it. I'm thinking I'll work as much as I can, do all the right things and hope the guys will take care of the business on the ice to give me a chance to get back and that's all I can hope for."
Stralman didn't have a problem with how the injury happened, a "normal battle" with Islanders Anders Lee in front of the net on the penalty kill. "It's more unfortunate my toe gets stuck more than anything, if I just land on my (butt), it would have been a nothing play. I'm not obviously happy about it, especially now when all the fun is about to start."
For as durable a defenseman as Stralman has been - missing one game the past four seasons until the injury - the timing hurts the most, a week before the playoffs. But Stralman is trying to take advantage of the time with his kids, going on more field trips and to more soccer games. He's been working out in the gym and undergoing treatment, joking he did the arm bike today so he "can get a nice beach body for the summer."
Stralman said he'll see how his bone heals in a couple weeks, but will only return when he's ready.
"Who knows? There's definitely going to be a few weeks, it's a fractured bone," he said. "It has to heal. I hope I've got good healing powers, otherwise I'll blame my dad. We'll see. I'm trying to stay positive and just go about it and hope that good spirit will heal quicker."
More from morning skate: G Ben Bishop will be in net... RW Jonathan Marchesssault said he's scratched. Coach Jon Cooper said the biggest change he wants from the last two games is more "hungry" play for the puck. G Cory Schneider is returning and in net for the Devils.