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Stamkos limps off ice after suffering lower-body injury

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos limped off the ice and went to the dressing room during a game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Lightning captain injures right leg in collision, won't return Tuesday

Stamkos was injured halfway through the first period in a game against the Red Wings in Detroit. (Gene J. Puskar/The Associated Press)

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos limped off the ice and went to the dressing room during a game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Stamkos left about halfway through the first period Tuesday night. He appeared to injure his right leg in a collision with Detroit's Gustav Nyquist along the boards.

Stamkos scored his ninth goal of the season earlier in the game. The six-time All-Star has 20 points in 17 games.

"He'll be evaluated again tomorrow," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "It's unfortunate that he couldn't come back, because he was helping us before he got hurt, but it is too early to speculate on anything right now." 

Stamkos missed all but one game during the last post-season after having surgery for a blood clot April 4. He also missed time in 2013-14 with a broken leg.

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