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Lightning center Steven Stamkos, pictured during warmups before a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in February at Amalie Arena. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
Before the NHL (and the world) was put on pause, the Lightning captain was recovering from core muscle repair surgery. He’s still doing so.
Apr. 3• Lightning
For medical purposes, we promise. Here are a few quick hits from the Tampa Bay forward’s Instagram “chat.”
Apr. 3• Lightning
Staying in contact with family and friends, plus walks with his 3-year-old daughter, are helping the defenseman cope.
Apr. 1• Lightning
The Lightning is advertising existing services for those with economic hardships who don’t know where to turn.
Apr. 1• Lightning

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  1. The NFL's Roger Goodell was one of the sports commissioners who participated in a call with President Donald Trump on Saturday, April 4, 2020. [BRYNN ANDERSON  |  AP]
  2. Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson can't be on the ice right now, so he's Netflix and chilling like the rest of America. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Lightning center Steven Stamkos, pictured during warmups before a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in February at Amalie Arena. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
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  5. The Vinik Family Foundation has taken out public service announcements in many mediums, including the Times, radio, billboards and social media, to guide people in need to existing services. [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times]
  6. Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh participated in a video conference call with media members on Wednesday. [Screenshot from video call]
  7. In this March 12 file photo, goals used by the Nashville Predators are stored in a hallway in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville after the NHL put its season on hold because of the coronavirus. [MARK HUMPHREY  |  AP]
  8. The Lightning's Victor Hedman beats the Canadiens' Carey Price for a goal at Amalie Arena. Hedman is named top defenseman and teammate Andrei Vasilevskiy is the runner-up to Price in the goalie category in voting by NHL players. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times] [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  9. Amalie Arena has been without hockey since March 12, but there are indications the NHL is gearing up for late summer hockey games by asking teams to keep arena dates open in August. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  10. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, Panthers center Aleksander Barkov, Sabres center Jack Eichel and Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber (clockwise from top left) participate in a media webcast. [NHL]
  11. An empty Amalie Arena is seen on March 12, the day that the NHL announced the season is on pause indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. [URSO, CHRIS  |  Times]
  12. In this March 12, 2020, file photo, the Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Capitals, sits empty after the NHL season paused its season. Four NHL players and two team broadcasters are known to have tested positive for the coronavirus. [NICK WASS  |  AP]
  1. In this Feb. 4, 2005, file photo, the inscription on the Stanley Cup showing the 1919 series, the only series in the history of the Cup not completed, is shown at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Anyone who scoffs at drastic measures to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, who wonders if it was really necessary to shut down sports around the world, needs to learn the tragic story of the 1919 Stanley Cup final. It's right there on the silver chalice, engraved alongside all the championship teams. "Series not completed." [ADRIAN WYLD  |  AP]
  2. Recent clashes between the Lightning and Bruins have been of the must-see variety. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  3. In this March 23, 2020, photo provided by Bauer Hockey Corp., an employee models a medical face shield the hockey equipment manufacturer has begun creating to help those treating the coronavirus pandemic, at Bauer Hockey Corp. in Blainville, Quebec. (Bauer Hockey Corp via AP) [AP]
  4. In this March 12, 2020, file photo, goals used by the Nashville Predators are stored in a hallway in Bridgestone Arena in Nashville after the NHL put its season on hold because of the coronavirus March 12. [MARK HUMPHREY  |  AP]
  5. The Tampa Bay Lightning locker room doors are seen amidst any empty Amalie Arena on March 12, the day the NHL announced it was putting its season on hold because of the coronavirus. The league announced Wednesday that it is postponing its draft and awards show because of the virus. [CHRIS URSO      |  Times]
  6. Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos in a video message today: “It can be a very stressful time, a little scary, but we’re going to get through this together. We’re going to get through this as a community.” [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  7. New Jersey Devils owner Josh Harris meets with the media after the firing of Ray Shero before a January game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Newark, N.J. [BENNETT COHEN  |  ZUMAPRESS.com]
  8. A screenshot of the Lightning's stream on Twitch, sharing a simulated game that wasn't played due to the NHL's pause. [Twitch]
  9. After winning the Stanley Cup in 2004, the Lightning never really got the chance to defend the title because the 2004-05 season was wiped out by labor strife. All these years later, another strong Lightning team might not get a shot at the title because of pandemic cancellations.
  10. FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, the Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Capitals NHL hockey club, sits empty in Washington. The Ottawa Senators announced late Tuesday night, March 17, 2020, one of their players has tested positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms and is in isolation. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File) [NICK WASS  |  AP]
  11. A pair of hockey fans wear masks as they watch during the second period of an NHL game between the Florida Panthers and the Calgary Flames on March 1, 2020, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. [WILFREDO LEE  |  AP]
  12. A general view inside the Dayton Arena, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Dayton, Ohio. The coronavirus outbreak has abruptly roused the University of Dayton from its dream of a basketball season. The 29-2 Flyers were rolling into tournament play on a 20-game winning streak that had lifted spirits in an Ohio city battered in the past year by violent deaths and devastation. The NCAA decision to cancel March Madness ended hopes for the small Roman Catholic school's first Final Four appearance in 53 years. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster) [AARON DOSTER  |  AP]
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