Coming off knee surgery, Mitchell Chaffee makes mark with Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA - Mitchell Chaffee woke up Friday morning realizing that, no, in fact, Thursday wasn't a dream.

And that was quite the birthday present for Chaffee, who turned 26 on Friday.

"I think I had at least a few hundred text messages,'' Chaffee said. "Just from everyone whether it's people back home, old teammates, coaches, pretty much everyone texting, which I think is pretty special. And getting a lot of birthday text messages on top of everything else.''

Chaffee had a long road to get to scoring his first career NHL goal, which he accomplished in Thursday's victory against Arizona. ...


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