Lightning Must Adapt Without Stamkos

Source: Chris Peters, CBS Sports


As Steven Stamkos writhed in pain on the ice Monday in TD Garden, it was hard not to feel for the Tampa Bay Lightning star. Injuries happen all the time in the NHL, many even gruesome, but few of the stomach-turning nature of watching Stamkos’ leg wrap around the right post and to see one of the game’s best players in such clear and unsettling distress.

The initial thought when something like that happens is the obvious concern for the player. However, as Stamkos disappeared from the ice on a stretcher, the mind wanders over to what on earth the Lightning are going to do without their best player and one of the league’s most productive stars.