Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos (91) checks Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller, of Denmark,during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
Mike Carlson
April 02, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will miss 1-to-3 months with a blood clot in his right arm, and is scheduled to have surgery Monday to repair it.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman announced after Tampa Bay beat New Jersey 3-1 on Saturday night that Stamkos has a type of vascular thoracic syndrome near his right collarbone.

''After Thursday's game (against Montreal), Stammer went in to see the doctors,'' Yzerman said. ''He had some discomfort in his arm, some swelling, some tingling in his fingers. Yesterday morning, we had it assessed by doctors locally and it's determined he has a blood clot in his arm.''

Yzerman said it will be a couple of weeks before it is known if Stamkos' absence will be closer to one month or three. He added, however, that a full recovery is expected.

Stamkos has 36 goals and 64 points in 77 games.

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