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Lightning D Mikhail Sergachev sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery on broken leg

CORRECTS ID OF INJURED PLAYER TO MIKHAIL SERGACHEV - Tampa Bay Lightning medical staff tend to Mikhail Sergachev (98) after he sustained a leg injury during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Rangers on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024 in New York. (AP Photo/Peter K. Afriyie)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev will be sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery Thursday to stabilize fractures to both the tibia and fibula in his left leg.

The team said there's no definitive timetable for the 25-year-old's return.

Sergachev was injured during the second period of Tampa Bay's 3-1 road loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. He left the ice on a stretcher after his leg bent at an awkward angle after an exchange of hits with Rangers forward Alexis Lafreniere.

Sergachev was playing for the first time since missing the previous 17 games with a leg injury suffered in December.

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