Steven Stamkos is a center for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The first overall pick in the 2008 draft, he has twice (2009-10, 2011-12) won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL's leading goal-scorer. In 2011-12, he became the 20th player in league history to score 60 goals in a season. A finalist for the MVP award, his 97 points were second in the league to Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin. Feared for his lethal one-timer, Stamkos made All-Star Game appearances during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — As good as the Lightning has been in its hot start, here's one scary thought for its opponents:
Ask veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov what makes Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin the league's most prolific goal-scorers and you get a laugh. • "I think it's pretty simple. They know how to put the puck behind us," Nabokov said, smiling. "They have the talent. (They) can make you look silly sometimes." …
TAMPA — Steven Stamkos is one of the best hockey players in the world — and the captain of the Lightning — but he can still enjoy his off-time in the bay area in an anonymous manner.
TAMPA — Lightning owner Jeff Vinik says his goal is to roughly break even while building a team that can compete at the highest level year after year.
TAMPA — Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said players were told not to read too much into what groups they practice with or what lines they are on during training camp.
TAMPA — There are days, Steven Stamkos admitted, that his right leg still can be painful.
I like Canada. Even the bacon.
I like the Olympics. Especially the anthems.
I like all-star hockey. Flags and all.
BOSTON — The NHL's new division alignment was not very kind to the Lightning.
TAMPA — Lightning C Steven Stamkos seemed excited after Saturday's morning skate as he confirmed his commitment to play for Canada at next month's world championship.
TAMPA — Marty St. Louis, the other day, tried to make the case that his pursuit of the NHL points title "is not worth talking about until it's actually there."