Recovering from March surgery to fix a core muscle injury, Stamkos has actually been restricted to five shifts and just under 3 minutes of ice time throughout the playoffs."He did whatever he could to get back and he did get back."To be honest, I didn't think he was going to play at all in these playoffs," said Cooper. Stamkos' return stuff of Stanley Cup tradition:

In his day-to-day wrap-up, Rob Pizzo compares Steven Stamkos return in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals to the Karate Kid. 2:55

"To be sincere, I didn't think he was going to play at all in these playoffs," stated Cooper. "I don't believe any of us did, so he gave us 2:47 of fantastic hockey that is an extraordinary story, scored a huge goal for us in a win and ideally we can keep that momentum moving forward."