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“Exactly the opposite,” he said. “Unquestionably. We will continue to do what we have done: take it one game and one day at a time. The ultimate goal is to have success and let the end result take care of itself. But this is a player we talked about.”

Steckel gained notoriety at the start of the year for a blindside hit to the head of Sidney Crosby on Jan. 1 in the Winter Classic. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ superstar also was hit in the head on Jan. 5 by the Lightning’s Victor Hedman and he has not played since.

Steckel said he was looking the other way and turned and collided with Crosby.

“It obviously wasn’t intentional,” Steckel said at the time.