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.
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."
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Steven Stamkos, with head down and voice soft, said he has run out of analysis for how this season is going.
Stamkos named league's top star for February
They are in trouble. Things are going wrong, and the schedule is about to hit a rough patch, and it is time for the good players of the Lightning to be good players.
In other words, it is Marty Time.
5 questions RW Richard Panik
TAMPA — You do realize what we have here in Tampa Bay, right?