Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher during Monday afternoon’s game against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

During a play midway through the second period, Stamkos was driving back on a backcheck and battling for position with Boston defenseman Dougie Hamilton. Stamkos appeared to lose an edge and as he fell to the ice, and on television replays it appeared that Stamkos’ right leg snapped across the post at the 12:49 mark of the second period.

Tampa Bay goaltender Anders Lindback immediately called to the Lightning bench for medical attention. Stamkos tried to get up but was unable to put any weight on his right leg and fell back to the ice pounding his fist into the surface as he fell down.

The 23-year-old lay on the ice for several minutes while attended to by team trainers Tom Mulligan and Mike Poirier as well as on-site emergency medical officials awaiting for the stretcher to arrive. At one point Mulligan held Stamkos’ leg up trying to immobilize the leg while waiting for Poirier to arrive with a prop to keep the leg up. Stamkos was noticeably grimacing in pain as he left the ice to cheers from the Boston crowd.