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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos continued towards his potential return on Friday, taking part in practice drills with light contact. Jason Motte Jersey . While the 23-year-olds progress had some teammates saying he was looking pretty good, Stamkos offered a more tempered approach to his return. "I dont feel where I need to be in order to play a game yet, but its getting there," he told reporters after practice at the Bell Centre in Montreal. "Its nice to hear that the guys are saying that. Today I was in the corners a little more and getting bumped around (but) by no means was it full contact." Stamkos fractured the tibia in his right leg in a Nov. 11 game against the Boston Bruins and underwent surgery the following day. He returned to practice earlier than expected, leading each days progress to be closely monitored by Lightning fans as well as Canadians. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman named Stamkos to Canadas 25-man roster for the coming Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, but with Canadas first game just two weeks away, the clock is ticking on his hopes to be healthy in time. "You just have to listen to your body," Stamkos said. "Were talking a lot about the Olympics and my goal is to try to be ready for those Games, but your body doesnt lie. If youre doing certain movements and you feel pain then thats an indicator that maybe its not quite ready. "It is tough mentally as well, going in there knowing that youre a little hesitant in certain areas. Ive said that before that thats what you dont want so you just try to overcome that as you progress and you take more contact in practice and hopefully that goes away." Stamkos scored 14 goals and 23 points in 17 for the Lightning this season prior to his injury. However, opportunities to get into game action before the Olympics are dwindling for the sniper. The Lightning have four games remaining before the NHL goes on break for the Games with the teams final game coming Feb. 8 against the Detroit Red Wings. While the Brampton, Ontario native wouldnt commit to a timeline, he acknowledged his progress thus far and expressed hope for it to continue over the next two weeks. "It has gotten better," he said. "Theres less and less pain every time I get on the ice but there is still a little discomfort. "Im hoping in the next week and a half, two weeks, that that feels a lot better and I can do certain movements without having that pain or at least with some pain thats manageable. Right now its still a little sharp in certain areas so thats what Im trying to improve." Matt Kemp Jersey . Ryan Getzlaf certainly got them started in the second. Getzlaf scored the first two goals in the second, and Teemu Selanne scored the go-ahead goal late in the period as the Anaheim Ducks beat the Nashville Predators 4-3 Thursday night. Hank Aaron Jersey . Watching them over the past year - and in some cases, two years - has given us a starting point for this seasons Craigs List. http://www.bravesapparelsshop.com/david-justice-jersey-c-26/ .ca. In Sundays Blackhawks-Penguins game, Pittsburgh defenceman Brooks Orpik laid a huge hit on Chicagos Jonathan Toews. Now in my view, Orpik can be clearly seen leaving his feet while delivering a moderately high hit.NEW YORK -- Just 14 games into the NHL season, the New York Rangers had to strain to see the front-running Pittsburgh Penguins, who had raced 10 points ahead of them. With the first chance to meet face to face, the gap suddenly didnt seem so wide on the ice. Brian Boyle scored his first goal of the season and captain Ryan Callahan added his first since returning from a broken thumb as the Rangers matched a season high in goals with a 5-1 victory over the Penguins on Wednesday night. "You dont focus on the other teams and where they are," said Henrik Lundqvist, who kept the Penguins at bay in a tough first period and finished with 28 saves. "We have to focus on ourselves. As long as we take care of our business, we are going to end up in good shape." Pittsburgh had won four straight and defeated New York eight times in nine meetings, but Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan scored 1:05 apart late in the first period to put the Rangers ahead. Boyle and Callahan connected within a 2:28 span of the second to send New York to its fourth win in five games. Derick Brassard made it 5-1 at 9:57 of the third, and Brad Richards had two assists for New York, which rebounded from a 2-1 loss to Anaheim on Monday and completed a 3-1 homestand. The Rangers quickly headed to a flight after the game for a meeting with the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Thursday. Kris Letangs power-play goal pulled the Penguins to 3-1 with 5:26 left in the second, but Callahans fourth of the season -- in his second game back in the lineup -- restored the Rangers three-goal lead 1:04 later. "We generated some good chances, but there is no guarantee when you do that," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said. "We were generating, so I dont think there was a need to force things." Marc-Andre Fleury, who sat out Pittsburghs 3-0 win at Columbus on Saturday, stopped 20 shots. "We werent good," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "We gave them opportunities. We didnt play at all at our game and then we got disjointed in our effort. We got disjointed in our game in the second. "That wasnt anything close to where we need to play or want to play." The Rangers (7-8) scored more than three goals for the second time this season but reached five for the second time in three games. New York has held opponents to two goals or fewer in eight straight games and nine of 10. The Penguins went 1 for 8 on the power play. "Everyone contributed right through the lineup," Callahan said. "That is what you need when yooure playing one of the top teams in the league. Kurt Suzuki Jersey. Our penalty-kill was a big part of it. They have a strong power play. "Its a win that we can build on." Pittsburgh (11-5) fell to 4-3 on the road and allowed more than two goals for only the sixth time. New York led 2-0 when Richards found Boyle streaking down the middle of the Pittsburgh zone for a shot that got past Fleury with 6:50 remaining in the second. For the opening 18 minutes of the game, the Penguins had everything going their way. But despite controlling the puck and having multiple scoring chances, Pittsburgh remained locked in a scoreless tie. Then, in just more than a minute, the Rangers cashed in a pair and skated off with a stunning 2-0 lead. Boyle won a puck battle behind the net and backhanded a pass into the left circle that McDonagh gathered before snapping off a shot that beat Fleury with 1:52 left in the first for his third goal. The Madison Square Garden crowd was still buzzing when the Rangers quickly made something out of nothing for another goal. The puck came out of the Pittsburgh zone, and Mats Zuccarello forced a Penguins turnover at centre ice in front of the penalty boxes. Chris Kreider got the puck back to Zuccarello, who saw Stepan streaking into the Penguins end. Zuccarello flipped a pass back into the zone that Stepan chased down and deftly roofed in the net with 46.3 seconds left for his fourth goal. "It was more devastating because we gave them the opportunities," Bylsma said. "We gave them the second goal, gave them basically a breakaway with how we managed the puck in the neutral zone." The Penguins finished the first with a 12-9 edge in shots, including a drive by defenceman Matt Niskanen that was deflected by teammate Pascal Dupuis and through Lundqvist. The goalie desperately reached behind him as the puck fluttered and rolled toward the goal line, but it was swept out of harms way by Callahan with 6:32 left. About four minutes later, Craig Adams rang a shot off the right post behind Lundqvist. NOTES: C J.T. Miller returned to the Rangers lineup after being scratched against Anaheim. LW Brandon Mashinter sat out. ... Fleury was 6-1 in his previous seven starts against the Rangers. ... Pittsburgh held New York to two goals or less in seven of the previous nine meetings, including three shutouts. ... Dupuis sustained an undisclosed injury and didnt play after the second period. ... Penguins LW Chris Kunitz had a four-game goal streak snapped. Evgeni Malkin hasnt scored in nine games. 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