Steven Stamkos has broken tibia, will require surgery (Updated)

Sean Leahy
November 11, 2013

The Tampa Bay Lightning suffered a 3-0 loss at the hands of the Boston Bruins Monday afternoon, but their biggest blow came in the second period.

During a backcheck, leading scorer Steven Stamkos lost his balance and crashed into a goal post, suffering a serious leg injury. After being taken to a local hospital for X-rays, the diagnosis was not good. The Lightning confirmed that it was a broken right tibia and he'll be out indefinitely.

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The medical staff of the Lightning decided to go forward with surgery.

From the Lightning:

“At this point Steven will be out indefinitely,” Yzerman said.  “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 unknown if Stamkos' dreams of playing in the Sochi Olympic Games are over, but this is certainly a huge blow to them.

After so much success early on, the Lightning face their biggest challenge of the season. Said head coach Jon Cooper afterward: "It's tough to lose a guy like that. We'll see what we're made of. You talk about a test, this is a test."

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