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NHL linesman Nowak returns from injury


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) NHL linesman Tim Nowak was back on the ice for Tampa Bay's exhibition game against Dallas on Friday night, three days after injuring a leg in a Lightning game.

Nowak needed assistance from trainers to walk to the locker room after being hurt with 26 seconds left in the second period of Tampa Bay's game Tuesday night against Nashville Predators. Nowak, who made his NHL debut in October 1993, was hurt in a collision near the Tampa Bay bench.

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