Lecavalier returns from hand injury

Published Dec. 15, 2010 6:57 p.m. EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier is back after missing 15 games due to a right hand injury.

Lecavalier was in the lineup for Wednesday night's game against Atlanta. He resumed practicing with the team Tuesday.

The center had surgery on Nov. 15 to insert a plate and screws to secure an unstable fracture.

Lecavalier was injured during a game at Washington on Nov. 11.

Received 12/15/10 07:46 pm ET