Gnarly Stamkos incident threw a 'scare' in Hamilton

Gnarly Stamkos incident threw a 'scare' in Hamilton
November 11, 2013, 9:30 pm
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BOSTON - Dougie Hamilton just kept using the word “unfortunate” over and over again while reliving the collision with Steve Stamkos that led to the Tampa Bay superstar breaking his right tibia. The Bruins second-year defenseman and Stamkos were both racing to get to the front of the net to receive a centering pass from Shawn Thornton, and the Lightning center lost his balance before crashing leg-first into the breakaway post.

The breakaway net never really gave way, though, and Stamkos was subsequently wheeled off the ice on a stretcher after twice attempting to stand before falling back down to the ice in agonizing pain.

The whole incident sucked the wind out of the TD Garden crowd in Boston’s 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, and left Hamilton a little dazed after the game was over trying to process what had just happened.

“It kind of scared me, I think. You don’t really expect something like that to happen when you’re just driving the net, but obviously it was pretty unfortunate,” said Hamilton. “I think you can lose your balance so easily, your foot misses the ice or something and you’re down. I was just trying to go to the net strong and hopefully get a rebound. I think [the injury] is pretty bad, but just an unfortunate play.

“He was too fast for me, so he caught me [driving to the net]. I guess we both just went to the net. Then I don’t know what happened. He fell and then hit the post pretty hard. It’s unfortunate, and kind of sad to see that happen.”

Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper reviewed the play after the second period, and voiced agreement that it was an unfortunate freak accident with the post failing to really break away.

“I watched it after that second period. It’s a tough one, it’s an unfortunate play. It’s too bad, because the league has done a good job of making the nets breakaway nets instead of the old steel posts,” said Cooper. “But for whatever reason the net did not break away that time. That was too bad.”

Hamilton and the rest of the Bruins managed to shake off the negative vibes following the gruesome Stamkos incident, though, and score a pair of goals in the seven minutes of the second period to lead them to victory.