Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Don Cherry: "No Way" Lightning Captain Stamkos Should Be Playing Game 7

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Don Cherry: "No Way" Lightning Captain Stamkos Should Be Playing Game 7

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Cherry: "no way" Stamkos should play Game 7

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Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos wouldn't have played Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final if it was up to Don Cherry.

The popular hockey commentator was adamant that Stamkos, who appeared in Thursday's game for the first time this post-season after suffering a blood clot in March that required surgery, wasn't ready to play.

"There's no way Stamkos should be playing as far as I'm concerned," Cherry said on his Coach's Corner segment during the first intermission of the game between the Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins. "First of all, if he's good enough to play why wasn't he two days ago (for Game 6)? ... You don't fool around with stuff like that."

"I don't think he should be playing," Cherry added. "I don't care how important the Stanley Cup is. …

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