Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos suffered a serious injury to his right leg at 12:49 of the second period of Monday afternoon’s game against the Bruins at TD Garden. Stamkos was injured 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.
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.
The Bruins lead the Lightning, 2-0, after two periods.Fluto Shinzawa can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeFluto.