Steven Stamkos becomes 10th captain in Lightning history

Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos is back playing after missing 45 games with a broken right shin and the centre received a partial standing ovation during pre-game introductions, when it was announced that he was the new team captain.

Forward returned after missing 45 games with a broken right shin

Steven Stamkos is introduced as the new captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning before the game against the Buffalo Sabres Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (The Associated Press)

Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos is back playing after missing 45 games with a broken right shin.

Stamkos, out since getting hurt Nov. 11 at Boston, was in the lineup for Thursday night's game against the Buffalo Sabres.

Stamkos received a partial standing ovation during pregame introductions, when it was announced that the centre was the new team captain.

Right wing Ryan Callahan, acquired Wednesday by Tampa Bay from the New York Rangers for former team captain Martin St. Louis, made his Lightning debut.

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