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by George Malik on 05/21/11 at 11:06 AM ET
The St. Petersburg Times’ Damian Cristodero reports that while Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina hopes to make some sort of playoff return from a concussion suffered during the second round, there’s no way in heck that he’s realistically going to make a miraculous recovery given the symptoms he’s experiencing:
Pavel Kubina said he did not want to get into too many details of the symptoms he is experiencing. But the Lightning defenseman, out the past six games because of concussion-like symptoms, revealed enough to paint a grim picture.
“I always watch the games (from the coaches’ office),” Kubina said Friday. “I can’t even go watch from the press box. It’s too loud and too many lights. It’s hard, but it’s something I can’t do anything about.”
Kubina had not spoken publicly since May 3, four days after he took an elbow to the back of the head from Washington’s Jason Chimera in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal and his head hit the glass.
Kubina, who did not travel with the team to Boston for Games 1 and 2 of the East final, still has not skated and did not deny he still has headaches. He said he is doing light workouts with the medical staff and added, “I hope I’m going to be able to play in these playoffs.”
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