tampabay.com

Burke says broken finger has healed

By TOM JONES
Published March 30, 2006


TAMPA - Lightning goalie Sean Burke says he is ready to go.

After missing six games with a fractured right index finger, Burke deemed himself available to play.

"I did everything (in practice), and I felt good," Burke said.

Burke continues to wear padding over the finger during practice but not in street clothes. He said he is pain-free and holding the stick while stopping pucks is not a problem.

"The only thing will be the battling, the battling for the puck around the net and (opponents) jabbing at it," Burke said. "That stuff? I'll have another day or two of working on that but should be good."

Burke is not expected to play tonight against Atlanta and might not even dress. But he should be available whenever coach John Tortorella wants to use him. He has continued to skate in practice with the fractured finger.

"I don't think I lost anything," Burke said. "If anything, I was able to do lots of work on my conditioning.

"I've only missed a couple of weeks ... so getting back in is not a concern."

INJURY UPDATES: All injured players are listed as day to day, but today is not the day they will return. Barring unforeseen recovery, defensemen Dan Boyle and Pavel Kubina and forward Fredrik Modin will not play tonight.

Boyle is recovering from a right ankle injury while Kubina has what the Lightning calls a lower-body injury. The feeling is that both could return to the lineup soon, perhaps this weekend.

Modin, who is slowed by a groin strain, might miss a few games. The Lightning is hesitant to rush him back and risk further injury that would sideline him for an extended period of time. All three did not practice Wednesday.

PINK STICKS: The Lightning will show support for breast cancer research by using pink sticks at today's morning skate.

A majority of the Lightning will use the special sticks, which will be autographed and auctioned at a later date with proceeds benefiting the Don & Erika Wallace Comprehensive Breast Program at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa.

Most teams are using pink sticks during practices this month to raise proceeds and awareness to fight breast cancer. The idea was created by TPS Hockey as a tribute to "Hockey Moms." More than 200 players are participating.