The Tampa Bay Lightning confirmed Monday that star center Steven Stamkos has broken his right tibia and will be out indefinitely. Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher after crashing into the post against Boston.
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.
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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.
On TV replays he appeared to tell a teammate, "It's broken," before the trainer got out to him. The Lightning said he was transported to a nearby hospital for x-rays. The team confirmed late Monday afternoon that Stamkos suffered a broken tibia and would be out indefinitely.
Stamkos entered the day tied for the league's lead in scoring with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby.