The Tampa Bay Lightning received some pretty grim news following their game against the Boston Bruins on Monday,when it was announced that forward Steven Stamkos will be sidelined for the foreseeable future with a broken leg according to Sportsnet.
Lightning GM Steve Yzerman says his star centre will undergo surgery Tuesday morning to repair the injury.
“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,” Yzerman said in a release.
The team’s leading scorer and one of the top players in the league, Stamkos was backchecking on a play late in the second period Monday when he got tied up with Boston defenceman Dougie Hamilton. The pair went into the net hard, Stamkos’s leg smashing hard against the post.
Check the play where Stamkos’ season came to a screeching halt right here:
Stamkos is one of the best players in the world, so not only is this a blow for the Lightning but it’s also a blow for hockey.