Lightning's Steven Stamkos undergoes successful leg surgery

Nov. 12, 2013 at 6:55 PM

TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 12 (UPI) -- High-scoring Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos underwent successful surgery to repair a broken leg Tuesday, the team said.

No timetable for the return of the NHL's co-leader in goals and assists has been established, the Lightning indicated.

General Manager Steve Yzerman said Monday Stamkos suffered a broken right tibia during the Lightning's 3-0 loss in Boston earlier in the day and would be out indefinitely.

The 23-year-old Stamkos, who is tied for the NHL lead in goals (14) and points (23), was carried off the ice on a stretcher after slamming his leg into a goalpost while tangled with Boston defenseman Dougie Hamilton.

"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.

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