Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos is wheeled off on a stretcher during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
(CBS SPORTS) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning
have been one of the best stories of the young NHL season, entering
Monday with the highest point total in the East. One of the game's
best players is Steven Stamkos.
Unfortunately for the Lightning, they might have lost Stamkos to a bad injury on Monday against the Bruins.
was backchecking hard in the second period and had a brutal collision
with the goalpost. After the collision he tried to get up and fell right
back down, clearly in a ton of pain. It didn't take long for the
stretcher to come out to get him off the ice while his leg was
As he was carted off, he put both hands to his face in apparent pain.
It didn't look good in the least. It was a complete
accident and something that can happen at any time to any player which
makes it all the more unfortunate. It was ugly so we won't embed a GIF
but if you want to see it, you can click here.
Just be warned, it is pretty gruesome; legs don't bend that way. The injury has drawn a few comparisons to the infamous Joe Theismann incident already.
Not surprisingly, Stamkos went directly to a Boston hospital.
Shortly after, the team updated Twitter saying, "@TBLightning
: Steven Stamkos has been transported to the Boston hospital for X-rays. Will provide updates when more info is available."
Aaron Ward of TSN tweeted soon after saying the injury is as bad as it looked. The team tweeted just before 5 p.m. confirming the severity of Stamkos' injury:
"@TBLightning: Steven Stamkos suffered a broken right tibia during this afternoon's game at Boston. He is out indefinitely."
This is a brutal loss for the Lighting and the NHL as a whole. Stamkos came into Monday as the co-league leader in goals (14) and points (23), a true superstar on a team that has been excellent hockey to start the season. If he's going to be out for a long time -- and it sounds like he will be -- it's also potentially awful news for Canada too as Stamkos is a clear favorite to make the Olympic team.
Just a pretty devastating injury all around.
Watching games from the press box will be something new for Stamkos. He missed three games as a rookie as a healthy scratch but in the four-plus seasons since he has not missed a single game.
10 News will continue with updates as they become available.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.