Lightning star Steven Stamkos ejected in overtime after bizarre stick-“throwing” episode

Lightning center Steven Stamkos has done just about everything a hockey star can do with a stick – that is, until Thursday, when he somehow managed to get himself ejected for “throwing” his broken stick into the stands in Boston. Did he really “throw” it, though? Let your own eyes be the judge.

Tampa Bay Lightning superstar center Steven Stamkos has amazed hockey fans the world over because of what he can do with a hockey stick. But in Thursday night’s game against Boston, Stamkos did something he’d never done before: got himself tossed out of the game after he broke his stick and inadvertently threw it into the stands.

The Bolts and Bruins were in overtime at Boston’s TD Garden when Stamkos connected on a slap shot that missed the Bruins net and also snapped his stick. The Bolts’ captain flipped the stick behind his back as he skated back to the bench, but did so with too much force and sent it over the glass:
(video via SportsnetCanada)

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Stamkos was assessed a 10-minute misconduct at 3:59 of overtime and the Bruins went on to claim a 3-2 shootout victory in his absence. There’s a slim possibility the NHL’s player safety department suspends him – after all, the league suspended Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin for one game in 2004 after the Toronto star threw his stick into the Air Canada Centre crowd – but considering some of the incidents the league has let pass without punishment, sitting down Stamkos would stand out as too harsh of a penalty.