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1171879 2999-04-26 00:00:00.0 UTC 2999-04-25T20:00:00.000-04:00 2011-05-26 03:13:35.0 UTC 2011-05-25T23:13:35.000-04:00 tampa-bay-lightnings-steven-stamkos-says-playoffs-making-him-more-complete Published 2011-05-26 04:37:29.0 UTC 2011-05-26T00:37:29.000-04:00 sports/hockey/lightning DTI 76458637 TAMPA — Lightning C Steven Stamkos' name has been, and likely always will be, synonymous with scoring. Last year's co-winner of the Rocket Richard Trophy for being the league goals leader has tallied 45 or more in two of his first three seasons. Stamkos did pick up three points Wednesday in the 5-4 Game 6 win over the Bruins in the Eastern Conference final, including a power-play goal. That's one fewer point than he had in the first five games combined. Stamkos is fifth on the team in the playoffs with 13 points. But more than scoring, Stamkos and coach Guy Boucher believe the postseason has accelerated his growth as a complete player. "I think he's been terrific," Boucher said. "I think he's learned … if he keeps it up, he's going to be a real winner. There's a difference between being a winner and a star, and I think he's figured that out." Stamkos, 21, said there has been a "learning curve" in his first playoffs, understanding how to handle the mental and physical grind while sacrificing his body. The kind of scoring chances he got in the regular season are not always there, so Stamkos has had to find different ways to contribute. "It's not about yourself in the playoffs; it's about getting wins," Stamkos said. "If you can find a way to help your team by scoring a goal, that's great, but if you can block a shot, it's just as great. "I think you just learn that you have to play a solid game in every area. That's something I've always tried to do ever since I was a kid, but I think I've grown a lot more as a complete player in these playoffs." His teammates have noticed. "From the first series to now, he's really picked up his game every series," Vinny Lecavalier said. "Overall, just doing the little things to make the team better." MEDICAL MATTERS: LW Sean Bergenheim didn't play due to an undisclosed injury sustained in Game 5. Bergenheim missed the second and third periods Monday. He appeared to get hurt when he was checked behind the Bruins' net in the first period by D Dennis Seidenberg. Boucher said the injury is not acute but something that had been lingering and was aggravated. In Bergenheim's absence, centers Blair Jones and Dana Tyrell were in the lineup. Bergenheim has the third-most goals in these playoffs, trailing only teammate Marty St. Louis and Boston's David Krejci, who have 10. HIS CALL: Boucher said Wednesday morning he was "very aware" that Game 6 referee Eric Furlatt had been lopsided in how many penalties he called against the Lightning in his previous four games involving the team; penalties were 29-14 against Tampa Bay. But Boucher said the team had to worry about what it could control on the ice and "hope things will be fair like it is with everybody else." After the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien appeared to take issue with Boucher commenting on an official before the game, saying he hoped it didn't have an impact (both teams were called for five penalties), "because if it did, I'd be disappointed." Julien said he would disagree with a lot of the calls Wednesday. "When you hear what happened (Wednesday), it certainly makes things look even worse," Julien said of Boucher's comments. "Referees have a tough job to do. One thing you don't want to do is criticize them." Boucher said afterward he didn't bring the referee subject up, he was asked about it. And he pointed out the Bruins had one more power play, including three before the Lightning had one. "So I don't know who got the advantage (Wednesday)," Boucher said. miscellany: Backup Mike Smith said he understood G Dwayne Roloson getting the start. "Roli got us this far," Smith said. … RW Teddy Purcell's goal 36 seconds in was the third time Tampa Bay scored in the first 70 seconds this playoffs. By Joe Smith, Times Staff Writer Hockey,Lightning,Sports Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos says playoffs making him more complete player KWOLFRUMN 4STC Sports 2 Star Stamkos sees his all-around play growing 6 sp_litenotes052611-2STC Stamkos sees his all-around play growing 2011-05-26 04:00:00.0 UTC 2011-05-26T00:00:00.000-04:00 false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2011/05/25/76458637-tampa-bay-lightnings-steven-stamkos-says-playoffs-making-him-more-complete StaffArticle sports,hockeyHockeyTAMPA — Lightning C Steven Stamkos' name has been, and likely always will be, synonymous with scoring.Hockey,Lightning,SportsHockey,Lightning,SportsJoe Smith 380299 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:35:33.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:35:33.000-04:00 joe-smith published Joe Smith <p>Joe Smith became the Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer for the <i>Tampa Bay</i> <i>Times</i><i> </i>in 2014. He spent the previous six years splitting time covering the Rays, Bucs and Lightning He joined the <i>Times</i> in 2006 after spending two years with the<i> Modesto Bee</i> in California, where he did everything from covering the Single-A Modesto Nuts minor league baseball team and high school football to tackling first-person stories on whitewater rafting and adventure racing. Smith grew up in the Detroit suburbs and attended the University of Michigan, where he covered the football, basketball and hockey teams for the<i> Michigan Daily</i>. He freelanced for the Associated Press and <i>Detroit Free Press</i> before securing internships at <i>Crain's Detroit Business</i> and the <i>Raleigh News </i><i>& Observer</i>. An avid runner, Smith loves traveling, bowling and singing karaoke.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745475 Joe Smith became the Tampa Bay Lightning beat writer for the Tampa Bay Times in 2014. He spent the previous six years splitting time covering the Rays, Bucs and Lightning He joined the Times in 2006 after spending two years with the Modesto Bee in California, where he did everything from covering the Single-A Modesto Nuts minor league baseball team and high school football to tackling first-person stories on whitewater rafting and adventure racing. Smith grew up in the Detroit suburbs and attended the University of Michigan, where he covered the football, basketball and hockey teams for the Michigan Daily. He freelanced for the Associated Press and Detroit Free Press before securing internships at Crain's Detroit Business and the Raleigh News & Observer. An avid runner, Smith loves traveling, bowling and singing karaoke. <p>Phone: (813) 310 9024</p><p>Email: <a href="mailto:joesmith@tampabay.com ">joesmith@tampabay.com</a> </p><p>Blogs: </p><p><a href="http://tampabay.com/blogs/lightning/">Lightning Strikes</a></p> 1 (St. Petersburg 4/4/2007)&#10;Facebook picture of Joe Smith.&#10;(John Pendygraft | TIMES) /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Smith_Joe_wp.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745475-joe-smith AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:35:33.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:35:33.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">JOE SMITH</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Staff Writer 2283462 2016-06-28 22:45:56.0 UTC 2 Months Ago sign-and-trade-also-makes-sense-for-lightning-steven-stamkos sports/hockey/lightning Sign and trade also makes sense for Lightning, Steven Stamkos StaffArticle 2283172 2016-06-26 02:00:43.0 UTC 2 Months Ago teams-lining-up-to-make-pitch-to-steven-stamkos sports/hockey/lightning Teams lining up to make pitch to Steven Stamkos StaffArticle 2283617 2016-06-30 04:34:41.0 UTC 2 Months Ago jones-re-signing-steven-stamkos-makes-it-a-great-day sports/hockey/lightning Jones: Re-signing Steven Stamkos makes it a great day StaffArticle <p>TAMPA — Lightning C <b>Steven Stamkos</b>' name has been, and likely always will be, synonymous with scoring.</p> <p>Last year's co-winner of the Rocket Richard Trophy for being the league goals leader has tallied 45 or more in two of his first three seasons.</p> <p>Stamkos did pick up three points Wednesday in the 5-4 Game 6 win over the Bruins in the Eastern Conference final, including a power-play goal. That's one fewer point than he had in the first five games combined. </p> <p>Stamkos is fifth on the team in the playoffs with 13 points. But more than scoring, Stamkos and coach Guy Boucher believe the postseason has accelerated his growth as a complete player.</p> <p>&quot;I think he's been terrific,&quot; Boucher said. &quot;I think he's learned … if he keeps it up, he's going to be a real winner. There's a difference between being a winner and a star, and I think he's figured that out.&quot;</p> <p>Stamkos, 21, said there has been a &quot;learning curve&quot; in his first playoffs, understanding how to handle the mental and physical grind while sacrificing his body. The kind of scoring chances he got in the regular season are not always there, so Stamkos has had to find different ways to contribute. </p> <p>&quot;It's not about yourself in the playoffs; it's about getting wins,&quot; Stamkos said. &quot;If you can find a way to help your team by scoring a goal, that's great, but if you can block a shot, it's just as great.</p> <p>&quot;I think you just learn that you have to play a solid game in every area. That's something I've always tried to do ever since I was a kid, but I think I've grown a lot more as a complete player in these playoffs.&quot;</p> <p>His teammates have noticed. &quot;From the first series to now, he's really picked up his game every series,&quot; <b>Vinny Lecavalier</b> said. &quot;Overall, just doing the little things to make the team better.&quot;</p> <p><b>MEDICAL MATTERS:</b> LW <b>Sean Bergenheim</b> didn't play due to an undisclosed injury sustained in Game 5. Bergenheim missed the second and third periods Monday. He appeared to get hurt when he was checked behind the Bruins' net in the first period by D <b>Dennis Seidenberg</b>. Boucher said the injury is not acute but something that had been lingering and was aggravated. In Bergenheim's absence, centers <b>Blair Jones</b> and <b>Dana Tyrell </b>were in the lineup.</p> <p>Bergenheim has the third-most goals in these playoffs, trailing only teammate <b>Marty </b><b>St. L</b><b>ouis</b> and Boston's <b>David Krejci</b>, who have 10.</p> <p><b>HIS CALL:</b> Boucher said Wednesday morning he was &quot;very aware&quot; that Game 6 referee <b>Eric Furlatt </b>had been lopsided in how many penalties he called against the Lightning in his previous four games involving the team; penalties were 29-14 against Tampa Bay. But Boucher said the team had to worry about what it could control on the ice and &quot;hope things will be fair like it is with everybody else.&quot; </p> <p>After the game, Bruins coach <b>Claude Julien </b>appeared to take issue with Boucher commenting on an official before the game, saying he hoped it didn't have an impact (both teams were called for five penalties), &quot;because if it did, I'd be disappointed.&quot; </p> <p>Julien said he would disagree with a lot of the calls Wednesday. </p> <p>&quot;When you hear what happened (Wednesday), it certainly makes things look even worse,&quot; Julien said of Boucher's comments. &quot;Referees have a tough job to do. One thing you don't want to do is criticize them.&quot;</p> <p>Boucher said afterward he didn't bring the referee subject up, he was asked about it. And he pointed out the Bruins had one more power play, including three before the Lightning had one. &quot;So I don't know who got the advantage (Wednesday),&quot; Boucher said. </p> <p><b>miscellany: </b>Backup Mike Smith said he understood G <b>Dwayne Roloson</b> getting the start. &quot;Roli got us this far,&quot; Smith said. … RW <b>Teddy Purcell</b>'s goal 36 seconds in was the third time Tampa Bay scored in the first 70 seconds this playoffs.</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:52:00