Stamkos suited up for Game 3 of his club's series versus the Dallas Stars - his only appearance of the postseason. He made the most of it, scoring a laser of a goal while logging just 2:47 of ice time across five shifts in the Tampa victory.
"Hopefully the next time you see him on the ice is during a trophy presentation," Cooper said, per Stephen Whyno of The Associated Press.
Stamkos missed time during the regular season due to core muscle surgery and has been dealing with a lower-body injury since the Lightning reconvened in July.
The Lightning currently lead the Stanley Cup Final 3-2 with Game 6 scheduled for Monday night.