When the Tampa Bay Lightning take the ice Tuesday night in Montreal, their leading scorer will likely be fresh out of surgery.
With Steven Stamkos sidelined indefinitely with a broken leg, the Lightning will face the Canadiens in the first of many games without their star forward.
Stamkos broke his right tibia in the second period of Monday's 3-0 loss at Boston and is expected to undergo surgery Tuesday morning.
He's played in 358 consecutive games for the Lightning dating to his 2008-09 rookie season, scoring 222 of the team's 1,025 goals in that span, and has missed just three games in his career.
Stamkos scored seven goals in six games prior to Monday and is tied for the league lead with 14 goals and 23 points.
"Injuries happen. He's gone a long time in his career without being seriously hurt," coach Jon Cooper said. "There's no sugarcoating it. He's a huge part of our team. You can make an argument here that if you were going to hand out the MVP in our league now, you can g...