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  • 05 Jun
    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning have won without Steven Stamkos before. Theyll now have to do so again.Tampa Bays superstar forward suffered a right knee injury in Tuesdays 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings, and the team announced on Wednesday that he is out indefinitely.Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos suffered a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee during the teams game against the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday night and will remain out of the lineup indefinitely, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement released by the team. We are in the process of evaluating options for repair and rehabilitation and will release more information as it becomes available.Tampa Bays first game without Stamkos will come against Buffalo on Thursday (7 p.m. Eastern).Losing Stamkos for any length of time is obviously a significant blow for the Lightning (10-6-1). Through 17 games, Stamkos was third in the NHL in scoring with 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists).Our understanding is that this issue can be repaired and he can get back to full speed, Yzerman said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. It just takes some time. Obviously hes disappointed. Hes going to work his rear end off and hell be back as good as ever.The Lightning have had to persevere without their captain before. He played in only 37 games in 2013-14 due to a broken tibia and missed nearly all of the postseason last year after undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. The Lightning did well in his absence last year, making it all the way to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals -- where Stamkos returned -- before falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins.Tampa Bay will have to lean on young standout Nikita Kucherov in Stamkos absence. The 23-year-old is coming off a 30-goal season and was second in the league in points with 21 (eight goals, 13 assists) heading into Wednesdays action. He signed a new three-year, $14.3 million contract just before the start of the season.Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop has never lost in regulation in Buffalo, holding a record of 8-0-1 in nine games along with a .938 save percentage.This will be third game in a five-game road trip for the Lightning. Tampa Bay is in Columbus on Friday before facing Nashville on Monday.The Sabres (5-7-4) hope that a four-game homestand will start to turn things around. Buffalo has a five-game losing streak and is coming off a particularly dispiriting 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.Offense has been an issue for the Sabres all season. Buffalo is last in the league in scoring and has just 10 goals in its past eight games.Weve got to keep pushing forward and weve got to keep finding ways to create the opportunities to get those goals, Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges said. We had some opportunities (against St. Louis), we created some chances but were not burying them. Weve got to keep digging. Custom Baseball Jerseys Store . He said Tuesday thats a big reason why he is now the new coach of the Tennessee Titans. Whisenhunt said he hit it off quickly with Ruston Webster when interviewing for the job Friday night. Custom Philadelphia Phillies Jerseys .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. http://www.customjerseysbaseball.com/custom-los-angeles-angels-jerseys-424x.html . Toronto has dropped games to Indiana and Miami since a five-game winning streak and closed out a three-game road trip at 1-2. Clearance Custom Baseball Jerseys . -- Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago. 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And then there was one.Tayte Pears AFL retirement on Thursday left skipper Jobe Watson as the last of 12 banned Bombers to declare his intentions once his doping suspension ends.Pears has chosen to pursue a career as a firefighter rather than attempt to continue his injury-plagued, 70-game AFL career.The club announced on Thursday that the 26-year-old had retired after being placed on the order of merit for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade.The challenges of the last few years have inhibited my ability to undertake the demands of AFL football and I feel it is the right time for me to move on with the next stage of life in the best interests of my future, Pears said via a club statement.I really appreciate all the support I have received from my teammates, the members and supporters and wish everyone at Esssendon all the best for the future.ddddddddddddPears was one of 34 past and present Essendon players handed doping suspensions by ASADA for their part in the clubs ill-fated 2012 supplements program.Of the 12 who were still at the club when the bans were enforced, Cale Hooker, Dyson Heppell, Michael Hurley, Travis Colyer, David Myers, Brent Stanton, Ben Howlett, Heath Hocking and Tom Bellchambers have all re-committed to the Bombers.Michael Hibberd has requested a trade, likely to Melbourne, while 31-year-old Watson is mulling retirement.Coach John Worsfold said on Wednesday that he expects to meet with Watson in the next week or so to determine the club captains future. 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