Julien on relationship with Stamkos

BOSTON -- Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos on Monday spoke for the first time since suffering a broken tibia in his right leg during a 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Nov. 11 at TD Garden.

During his press conference in Tampa, Stamkos said he hopes to return this season. He also mentioned that during his extended stay in Boston after the injury, Bruins coach Claude Julien visited him in the hospital.

Julien was asked about the visit following the Bruins’ morning skate as they prepare to host the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night at the Garden. Julien, who is an assistant for Team Canada at the upcoming Olympic games in Sochi, said he got to know Stamkos during last summer’s Olympic camp.

“I got to know Steve the person, and when you look at what he is in the league and what he’s accomplished, to have that happen to him I thought it was just important to go by and see how he was doing,” Julien said. “It was as simple as that.

“He’s one of those players that people from all the different cities come up to watch play and he’s one of the reasons we fill buildings and you hate to see that, from anybody’s point of view; to see a guy like that get injured that way. So I stopped by and he certainly feels like he wants that opportunity to represent his country and he’s going to do everything he can and I just went there and kind of showed my support.”