Lightning's Steven Stamkos has successful surgery on leg

Lightning center Steven Stamkos has successful surgery on broken right tibia.

TAMPA, Fla. -- Center Steven Stamkos had successful surgery Tuesday afternoon in Boston to stabilize a fracture in his right tibia, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced.

Stamkos, 23, is expected to return to Tampa on Thursday to start rehab immediately. A timetable for his return has not been announced.

Stamkos' injury occurred with 7:11 left in the second period of the Lightning's 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins at TD Bank Garden. His right leg smashed into the post on a backcheck by defenseman Dougie Hamilton. He tried to collect himself after the contact but fell back down and hit the ice with his right hand.

Stamkos' leg was immobilized and raised as he was taken off the ice on a stretcher.

Entering Monday, Stamkos was tied for the NHL lead in points (23) and goals (14). The former first overall pick had scored goals in each of his past six games.

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