Tampa Bay Lightning star center Steven Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher Monday after crashing into the post against Boston. He'll need surgery to repair his broken leg.
The team's leading scorer and one of the top players in the league, Stamkos was backchecking on a play late in the second period Monday when he got tied up with Boston defenseman Dougie Hamilton. The pair went into the net hard.
Stamkos immediately grabbed his right leg and was rolling on the ice in pain.
After a brief delay, a stretcher was brought out and he was taken off to loud applause. As he was carted off, he put both hands to his face in apparent pain.
Stamkos collided with Hamilton and fell to the ice just before crashing into the right post. His left skate appeared to hit the post first before his right leg crashed into it around the shin area. He tried to get up twice before going down to the ice in pain, grabbing his leg just above the ankle.
Stamkos was taken to a Boston hospital for evaluation. On TV replays he appeared to tell a teammate, "It's broken," before the trainer got out to him.
He did indeed suffer a broken tibia, the team later confirmed. He'll undergo surgery to fix the damage and be out indefinitely.
Stamkos entered the day tied for the league's lead in scoring with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby.
"The Lightning couldn't have suffered a bigger loss," offered FOX 13's Kevin O'Donnell. "First place in the Eastern Conference. This is a major blow to staying on top."
The Bolts lost the game, 3-0.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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