Welcome to the playoffs Steven Stamkos. Where have you been?
Actually he has played every game for the Tampa Bay Lighting but hasn’t scored a goal (drum roll please …) UNTIL NOW!
Behold the awesome and wonderful glory of Stamkos’ first score this postseason, on a breakaway on Montreal’s Carey Price in Sunday’s Game 2, 6-2 demolition of the Canadiens for Tampa.
Stamkos has repeatedly said he’s not hurt. He went eight games without a goal before that score. He couldn’t beat Petr Mrazek from Detroit. Something has to be going on.
Conspiracy theories aside, the Lightning are incredibly fortunate they’re in the position they are – in the second round up 2-0 after two games on the road. Stamkos had a goal and two assists in the victory. Thanks to the play of Nikita Kucherov and Tyler Johnson (17 points between them and seven goals by Johnson) Tampa looks solid, even with Stamkos not scoring. Kucherov scored two goals in the win.
Price, the likely Hart and Vezina Trophy winner made just 18 saves on 24 Tampa shots on goal.
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