Lightning, NHL, Team Canada lose Steven Stamkos

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) is wheeled off on a stretcher during the second...

Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) is wheeled off on a stretcher during the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Banknorth Garden. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:45 PM ET

TORONTO - The list of losers is long when it comes to the loss of Tampa Bay Lightning scoring sensation Steven Stamkos to a broken right tibia Monday.

There’s the first-place Lightning, who will be without one of the league’s most dangerous offensive players (tied for the goal-scoring and points lead); the NHL, which loses one of its marquee players and a guy people would pay to see; and Team Canada, which could lose one of its first-line players for the Olympics in February.

Stamkos could be out for at least three months -- and as much as six -- after breaking the weight-bearing bone in a collision with the goalpost 13 minutes into the second period of the Lightning’s 3-0 loss to the Bruins in Boston.


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