NHL leading scorer Steven Stamkos leaves ice on a stretcher

Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning in pre-game warmups. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning in pre-game warmups. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The overwhelming response from hockey fans and media all over North America is as follows: hopefully it’s not as bad as it looks.

In today’s Veterans Day matinee between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning, Bolts star Steven Stamkos collided awkwardly with his own goal post on a back-check. The NHL’s leading scorer cried in pain and was unable to stand after a few attempts to rise to his feet.

Trainers and doctors rushed the ice to assess the situation as Stamkos lay on his side in agony. After several minutes of evaluation the quick responding medical staff lifted number 91 onto a stretcher and wheeled him off the ice to a cheerful show of sportsmanship from the TD Garden faithful.

If he is as hurt as he appears to be, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Team Canada, and the entire NHL will feel the effects of today’s unfortunate event.

Proceed with caution* – To view the injury click this link to CBS Sports. I warn you: the play is not pretty to look at.

The extent of Stamkos’ injury is not officially known at this moment, however, speculation suggests the sniper has suffered a broken leg, or ankle. The Hockey Daily will update Stamkos’s injury status as soon as more information is made available.