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Steven Stamkos

Lightning center

Lightning center

Steven Stamkos

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.



  1. Lightning winning with Stamkos not at his best

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    COLUMBUS, Ohio — As good as the Lightning has been in its hot start, here's one scary thought for its opponents:

    Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) shoots and scores beating Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery (29)  during third period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Thursday evening (10/30/31).
  2. Steven Stamkos, Alex Ovechkin have hunger to score

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    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." …

    Steven Stamkos has eight goals in 11 games this season, with multiple goals in three games.
  3. Lightning's Steven Stamkos aims for new heights

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    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.

    Steven Stamkos, working the puck around two Panthers in Saturday’s preseason finale, says he is better physically and mentally than he was at the end of last season.
  4. Vinik aims to keep Stamkos with Lightning

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    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.

    SAM OWENS   |   Times

Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik, right, waves to the crowd during an interview with NHL’s Lightning play-by-play broadcaster Rick Peckham, left, during the Tampa Bay Lightening Fan Fest, presented by Florida Hospital, in Amalie Arena, Saturday, September 27, 2014. The Lightning’s annual Fan Fest was free and open to the public. Festivities started at 9 a.m. and lasted until 3 p.m. with events such as group practices, a new jersey reveal and autograph signings.
  5. Stamkos starts with familiar Lightning linemates

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    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.

    Lightning coach Jon Cooper conducts drills on the first day of training camp at Amalie Arena. “After each session, I was utterly impressed with everything that went on,” he says.
  6. Steven Stamkos hits hot streak for Lightning

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    TAMPA — There are days, Steven Stamkos admitted, that his right leg still can be painful.

    Steven Stamkos has seven goals (four on the power play) and 10 points in his past seven, including his seventh career hat trick March 19 at Toronto.
  7. For Lightning's sake, Stamkos should pass on Team Canada

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    I like Canada. Even the bacon.

    I like the Olympics. Especially the anthems.

    I like all-star hockey. Flags and all.

    On Thursday morning, Steven Stamkos went through his first full morning skate with his Lightning teammates.
  8. Lightning starts season in Boston

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    BOSTON — The NHL's new division alignment was not very kind to the Lightning.

    The last time the Lightning played in Boston, this Bruins celebration marked the second goal in their 2-0 win. The game was Lightning coach Jon Cooper’s first in Boston, where Tampa Bay is 4-26-3 with six ties. Cooper says the team won’t be intimidated by its new division opponent.
  9. Stamkos hurts knee

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    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.

    AUDITIONING: As coach Jon Cooper looks to next season, Teddy Purcell gets time on a line with Marty St. Louis, right.
  10. Lightning's St. Louis, Stamkos pursue league titles

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    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."

    Good friends and linemates Marty St. Louis, left, and Steven Stamkos say they just need to play “the right way” tonight.