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Stamkos has surgery for broken leg

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November 12, 2013 07:56 PM EST | AP


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos underwent what the team called "successful surgery" Tuesday in Boston to stabilize a fracture in his right tibia.

The high-scoring center is expected to return to Tampa on Thursday to begin rehabilitation. A timetable has not yet been set for his return.

Stamkos was injured on Monday night with 7:11 remaining in the second period of a game at Boston. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher after crashing into the post.

Stamkos was backchecking on a play when he got tied up with Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton. The pair went into the net hard.