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TORONTO -- When Steven Stamkos crashed into the post in Boston on Monday afternoon, the shock waves could be felt all the way to Sochi, Russia. The Tampa Bay Lightning star is out indefinitely with a broken right tibia, an injury that could be a significant blow to Team Canada in its efforts to defend gold at the Olympics. Stamkos was tied with Alex Steen as the NHLs leading goal scorer, and with Sidney Crosby for the points lead at the time of his injury and figured to be a lock to make the team. "Certainly from a Canada perspective, I dont know of a time frame, but certainly probably going to be questionable if he can play in the Olympics," said Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, whos part of Canadas management team. "Big loss for Tampa, big loss for our league." Stamkos lost his balance and crashed into the net during the second period of the Lightnings 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins. He writhed in pain on the ice and appeared to tell a trainer, "Its broken." The broken tibia will require surgery to repair. The Lightning did not release a time frame, likely in part because the complexity of the fracture could affect things. Surgery is set for Tuesday morning. "The biggest concern for me, and the rest of the Lightning, is that decisions are made in Stevens best long-term interest, and we feel this is the appropriate course of action," Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said in a statement. Yzerman is also Team Canadas GM, making this potentially a double loss. Stamkos had 14 goals and 23 points in the first 17 games of the season, helping Tampa Bay climb to first place in the Atlantic Division. Stamkos was just 20 years old when Canada won gold in Vancouver in 2010, and he did not make the cut for that team. In three world championships, Stamkos has 16 goals and 10 assists. Hockey Canada president and CEO Bob Nicholson said the major priority right now is Stamkoss health, not the impact on the Olympics. "This isnt about the Olympic team," Nicholson said on the red carpet before Monday nights Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony. "This is about Steve Stamkos making sure he takes care of himself." Of course it would hurt Team Canada if Stamkos is unable to play. Nicholson said theres an injury clause in the Olympic agreement that could allow Canada to name Stamkos and replace him before the Games, but he said its "too early" to talk about that possibility. "Well see what happens in the next 48 hours and then start to discuss that," he said. "We were looking at naming the team by the first of January, but there is the injury clause and so well have to explore all of the those options." Team Canada had an injury question going into the 2010 Olympics when Anaheim Ducks centre Ryan Getzlaf was questionable with an ankle injury. Jeff Carter was flown into Vancouver just in case, but Getzlaf was able to play. That could happen again for Sochi, but with more complex travel. "Theres lots of complications around it, but its just devastating that it happened to him today," Nicholson said. "Weve got a lot of time to figure out where were going to go, and we just hope things go well with him." Babcock, Team Canadas head coach, was on the opposite bench with the Red Wings on Saturday night when Stamkos roofed a shot on Jimmy Howard. In Toronto for three former players being inducted into the Hall of Fame -- Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan and Scott Niedermayer -- Babcock expressed sadness over Stamkos injury. "Tough for him," he said. "Who knows. Well see what happens." While Holland conceded Monday evening that he hadnt seen the play Stamkos was injured on. But former NHL great and Canadian Olympian Wayne Gretzky did. "Its horrible,"said Gretzky, a former GM for Team Canada . "(You) dont want to see anybody get an injury like he sustained today. Its unfortunate, and thats the risk of being of being a National Hockey League player or a professional athlete. It really is difficult. Hopefully he mends from this and comes back even stronger. Hes a wonderful young man, and Im sure hell come back a better player." If he cannot come back in time to help Team Canada in Sochi, it could open the door for someone like Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars or perhaps Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks. Neither of those players were invited to Olympic orientation camp in Calgary, but preparing for an Olympic tournament without Stamkos is not something Canada wanted. "Youre never replacing Steve Stamkos," Nicholson said. "We have a lot of great players. Steve Yzerman has a very difficult job putting this team together, but you dont replace Steve Stamkos and well just have to find another way to make sure the lineups strong." Carson Palmer Cardinals Jersey. The (14-15-5) Jets are seventh in the Central Division with 33 points. They trail sixth place Nashville and fifth place Dallas by two points. 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After dropping out of the ranking following a loss to Northwestern on Oct. 4, Wisconsin held Maryland to a season-low seven points and handed Rutgers its first shutout in 12 years, moving to No. 2 in the nation in scoring defense. The offense nearly coughed up the lead in this one when a fumble and failed fourth-down conversion led to 10 points for Purdue early in the third quarter, trimming the Badgers 24-6 halftime lead. Gordon lost the ball on the first play from scrimmage, leading to Griggs 52- yard field goal. Gordon was then stopped on a 4th-and-1 try at the Purrdue 16 and Appleby connected with Hunt on a 79-yard touchdown three plays later to get the Boilermakers within 24-16.dddddddddddd It nearly got worse for Wisconsin when a surprise onside kick was recovered near the sideline by Purdues Raheem Mostert. But the play was reversed after a replay review. 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