Steven Stamkos injury

In today’s Lightning-Bruins game at TD Garden, Tampa star center Steven Stamkos suffered a broken tibia. The injury occurred at 7:11 of the second period when he lost his edge accidentally colliding into the Boston net. He was in pain lying on the ice until being stretchered off.

It’s an unfortunate injury for the NHL to one of the game’s brightest superstars. Only 23, Stamkos was tied with Sidney Crosby for the league lead in scoring with 23 points (14-9-23). He entered the Veteran’s Day matinee on fire with 13 points in his last eight games including eight goals. That featured a six-game goal streak with seven during that span.

The Lightning have vaulted to the top of the Atlantic leading the division with a 12-5-0 record for 24 points. Following today’s crushing loss, that’s one ahead of the Bruins and tops in the Eastern Conference. The Bolts will now be forced to play without their best player. Stamkos was emerging as an early Hart contender. It’s a shame he’ll miss significant time. A big disappointment for the NHL and hockey fans.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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