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Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos sustains leg injury vs. Bruins

In a cloud of ice chips, Steven Stamkos slams into the goalpost. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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In a cloud of ice chips, Steven Stamkos slams into the goalpost.

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.

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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 fshinzawa@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeFluto.
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