Stamkos to wear cut-resistant Kevlar socks in wake of Karlsson injury
After watching the season of Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson come to an end when his Achilles tendon was sliced Wednesday by a skate blade, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos decided to start wearing cut-resistant Kevlar socks.
The socks, which are not mandatory in the NHL, are believed by many players to be heavy, hot and bulky. But after watching the video of Karlsson’s injury (he was stepped on -- accidentally, most believe -- by Penguins pest Matt Cooke), “You start to think,” Stamkos said. “Who knows in that particular instance if it would have stopped it completely but maybe a little bit. Everything kind of counts toward that, I guess.”
With that, Stamkos took a pair of socks off his locker room seat and tried to cut them with a scissor. The socks crimped but didn’t tear.
“Better than nothing,” he said. “On a force like Cooke’s skate maybe you still get cut there but it’s not as bad.”
In other news: Goaltender Anders Lindback, who could not make Thursday's start against the Capitals because of a flu bug, practiced Friday. Coach Guy Boucher said if Lindback says he is able, he will start Saturday at Florida.