Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos was diagnosed with a broken right tibia after the Bruins' 3-0 win on Monday at TD Garden. Stamkos was injured at 12:49 of the second period when he was backchecking during a 0-0 game.
The Lightning center got tangled up with Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton and fell to the ice. As Stamkos went down, his right leg slammed into the goalpost.
Stamkos tried to skate off but fell, then slammed his right fist on the ice. Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher with his right leg elevated. Replays showed his right ankle snapping back after the collision.
“It’s obviously tough to see him go down, not only for our team,” said Tampa coach Jon Cooper. “He’s one of the best players in the world. People come and cheer the Boston Bruins here. But they also come to see guys like Steven Stamkos play hockey. It’s a loss for everybody.”
Stamkos is Tampa’s best player and leading scorer. He has 14 goals and 9 assists as the Lightning’s No. 1 center and was projected to be a top-six forward for Team Canada in the Sochi Olympics.