Well, that was a rough one.
The Tampa Bay Lightning loses Steven Stamkos under horrific circumstances in the second period of a road game against the Boston Bruins this afternoon, on the way to ultimately losing 3-0.
This is the third straight loss to the Bruins the Bolts have suffered, and at great cost, after dropping a 5-0 shutout on Oct. 19 in Tampa Bay, as well as dropping their season opener 3-1 on Oct. 3 in Boston.
The loss also disrupts a Lightning four-game winning streak.
Later it was revealed by TSN that Stamkos broke his right tibia after colliding awkwardly with the goal post while defending against Boston’s Dougie Hamilton in front of the Lightning net. He immediately reached for his shin after the impact with the post and was unable to skate off the ice due to obvious amounts of pain.
Stammer was carted from the ice on a stretcher, and later, escorted to a hospital for x-rays.
The Tampa Bay Lightning later confirmed the injury.
Steven Stamkos suffered a broken right tibia during this afternoon’s game at Boston. He is out indefinitely. – @TBLightning
The Lightning was in the middle of a series of surges at the time of Stamkos’ injury and didn’t seem to regain the same amount of pressure, in what remained of the second period, after the star center left the ice.
Boston scored two quick goals, 20 seconds apart, in the trailing minutes of the second period by Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille, to jump out in front of Tampa Bay for the first lead by any team in the game.
Jarome Iginla added the third and final empty-net goal at 19:01 in the third period to close the deal.
Head coach Jon Cooper rallies behind the quality of depth the Lightning have; hoping to keep things on track regardless of Stamkos’ absence on the ice.
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. – Jon Cooper via Damian Cristodero @LightningTimes
I thought things were looking really good, not great, but starting to look up, just before Stammer went down.
This is a tough loss to take. Not just because it comes, once again, at the hands of the Boston Bruins. But injuries like this, to key-players, can work negative voodoo magic on the minds of the players still on the ice who need to keep above that noise, rally around each other and fight to win games.
Tampa Bay is still a team to be reckoned with in the Atlantic Division, as well as in the Eastern Conference.
Stamkos will get the surgery he needs and hopefully some rest, and maybe we’ll see him back out there before the season is done.
The rest of the team needs to keep up what they have been doing for 17 games.
That’s precisely what Stammer would want.
Tomorrow is the Montreal Canadiens, and that game will be another test of this hockey club.
Hopefully the Lightning will go into the last road trip game against Montreal, despite being beat up and sullen over the results of the Boston game, grab two-points, and come home for some much deserved rest.