SUNRISE — Steven Stamkos’ stay on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list was short.
The Lightning captain came off the list Sunday after being placed on it Friday, the NHL said.
Stamkos posted on Twitter on Friday that he suspected a false positive test result was the reason he ended up on the list. That he came off the list Sunday would suggest that was the case. Players have to have two negative test results over 48 hours to come off the list. They cannot practice, play in games or travel with the team until they do.
Stamkos missed Saturday’s game against the Panthers because he was on the list. He missed Thursday’s game against the Panthers with a lower-body injury, for which the team said Sunday he remained day to day.
Stamkos was the third Lightning player to go on the protocol list. Backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney spent two weeks on it, and forward Blake Coleman was on the list for two days.
Stamkos leads the Lightning with seven goals and is third with 14 points entering Monday night’s game against the Panthers at Amalie Arena.
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