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Defenseman returns after two months

Originally Published: June 3, 2004
By EJ Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

TAMPA -- On Thursday morning, just hours before Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals, Calgary Flames defenseman Toni Lydman and assistant coach Jim Playfair stood together on the ice at the then-empty St. Pete Times Forum. Playfair was briefing Lydman on the opponent, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Lydman needed the refresher course because he hadn't played in the first four games of the final series. In fact, he hadn't played at all since April 11, when he suffered his second concussion in less than ...

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