The Bruins jumped ahead with just under three minutes left in the period when Bergeron scored off the rebound of Torey Krug’s shot that caromed off the skate of Loui Eriksson.
They made it 2-0 when Paille broke in down the right wing, shifted to his backhand and slipped a shot past Lindback inside the right post. During the play, Tampa Bay defenseman Sami Salo also appeared to hurt his right leg and had trouble making it to the bench. He was briefly assisted by one of the referees on the ice and didn’t return in the third period.
“Well, I mean that is a big blow for them. Nobody wants to see that happen to anybody,” Iginla said. “He was obviously in a lot of pain and I didn’t hear for sure what happened to him, but I imagine it’s got to be, for him not to get up, he’s a tough player and plays hard and stuff. So he must have been in some serious pain.”
Tampa Bay veteran Martin St. Louis didn’t know how bad the injury was, but felt his team still played tough.
“I thought we played hard. We just couldn’t get the puck in the net,” he said. “We really can’t think about (Stamkos’ injury) now. We’ve got a game to play (Tuesday). We’re going to be playing a lot of hockey. I don’t know how bad it is. It’s tough to comment.
“We lost him tonight for a period and a half. I think it’s a big part of our team. I thought we battled.”
It was Tampa Bay’s second loss in nine games. The Lightning came into the day leading the NHL’s Atlantic Division, but the loss of Stamkos will be a major blow.