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Hedman closer to return for Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA — Victor Hedman sat in the locker room after Tuesday's morning skate, sweaty and out of breath but feeling good.

The Lightning defenseman, out 13 games with a concussion, resumed full workouts last week, and with his symptoms gone he is shooting for a Tuesday return against the Capitals.

Coach Guy Boucher called Hedman's return "a possibility."

"The biggest symptom I have now is trying to breathe," Hedman said. "It's a matter of time before I get into game shape."

Getting back Hedman, 21, would be a huge boost to a team with nine injured players. The 6-foot-6, 229-pounder is averaging 22:28 and was part of the No. 1 pairing with Eric Brewer.

Hedman, injured Dec. 27 against the Flyers when he slid into the end boards, credited girlfriend, Sanna Grundberg, and their 4-month-old miniature French bulldog, Harry, with "pushing me to stay positive."

How does a dog keep someone motivated?

"During the day he's hyper," Hedman said. "When I'm sitting on the couch, he's looking at me. He wants to play all the time."

As for playing a game, Hedman can't wait.

"Hockey is my life," he said. "When you can't do what you love it's tough to be really happy."

DONE: RW Dana Tyrell has a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will have surgery Tuesday that will sideline him for six months, GM Steve Yzerman said.

It is the same ligament Tyrell had repaired two years ago.

Tyrell, 22, with five assists in 26 games and an average 10:30 of ice time, was hurt Jan. 15 against the Penguins when his foot lodged under a Pittsburgh player and his knee twisted.

Tyrell, who for two games tried to play through the injury, is expected to be ready for next season's training camp. Team medical director Ira Guttentag will perform the surgery.

ONE-TIMER: Mike Angelidis said he was as surprised as anyone when his first shot in his first NHL game went in.

"I was in shock," Angelidis said. "I was like, 'Did this really happen?' During the celebration I thought I was going to faint."

Angelidis, 26, who has played 377 minor-league games and was called up earlier in the day from AHL Norfolk, deserved the goal 13:20 into the first period after a terrific play in the neutral zone where he stripped a Columbus player of the puck and dashed toward the net to fire his backhander. It was Angelidis' only shot in 4:01 of ice time.

FINALLY: D Evan Oberg, on his seventh call-up from Norfolk, finally got into a game, playing 1:21 with a hit. It was his first NHL game since Feb. 19, 2011 with the Canucks.

The team calculated Oberg flew about 12,000 miles in his trips from and to Norfolk.

"Maybe I'd better sign up," he said of a frequent-flier program.

ODDS AND ENDS: G Mathieu Garon is 8-1-2 against the Blue Jackets. … Marty St. Louis' goal was his first at home since Nov. 26. … Forwards Tom Pyatt (leg) and Ryan Malone (upper body), and D Marc-Andre Bergeron were the official scratches.

Hedman closer to return for Tampa Bay Lightning 01/24/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 12:27am]
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