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January 29, 2014 | 1:05pm ET
Down to the wire for Stamkos

Tampa Bay Lighting and Team Canada fans will hopefully be able to breathe a sigh of relief sooner rather than later when it comes to star forward Steven Stamkos.

Stamkos practiced for 20 minutes on Tuesday prior to the Bolts match-up against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The workout came after he opted against practicing on Monday due to soreness in his right leg. The 23-year-old has been cleared for light contact after breaking his right tibia on Nov. 11.

The native of Markham, Ont. spoke to the Toronto media on Tuesday, stating his goal was to suit up for at least one of Tampa's six games prior to the Olympics.

"If I don't play a game and feel great heading into the tournament, that's a decision that we're going to have to have," Stamkos said. "If (GM Steve Yzerman and I) have to sit down a couple days before we're supposed to leave for the Olympics, we can be honest with each other."

Stamkos said he first needs to participate in full-contact drills before he determines if he's ready to play.

Stamkos had a total of 14 goals and 23 points in 17 games before his injury. He admitted that playing through the pain during the Olympics was a definite possibility.

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