Lightning's Stamkos out 'indefinitely' with broken tibia - WFLA News Channel 8

Lightning's Stamkos out 'indefinitely' with broken tibia

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BOSTON, MA (WFLA) - Tampa Bay Lightning star center Steven Stamkos has suffered a broken right tibia, and is out "indefinitely", according to the Lightning's Twitter account.

Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher after crashing into the post against Boston on Monday.

"At this point Steven will be out indefinitely," Yzerman said in a statement on the Lightning's website.  "The medical staff in Boston, in consultation with our team physicians, has made the decision to surgically repair the injury. The procedure is expected to take place tomorrow morning. The biggest concern for me, and the rest of the Lightning, is that decisions are made in Steven's best long-term interest, and we feel this is the appropriate course of action."
    
"It's obviously tough to see him go down, not only for our team - he's one of the best players in the world," Coach John Cooper said after the 3-0 loss. "People come out to cheer the Boston Bruins here, and they come to see Steven Stamkos play hockey. It's a loss for everybody."
    
On TV replays, Stamkos appeared to tell a teammate, "It's broken," before the trainer got out to him.
    
Stamkos entered the day tied for the league lead in scoring with Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby. He was backchecking on a play late in the second period when he got tied up with Boston defenseman Dougie Hamilton, and the pair went into the net hard.
    
Stamkos immediately grabbed his right leg and was rolling on the ice in agony.
    
After a brief delay, a stretcher was brought out and he was taken off to loud applause. As he was carted away, 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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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