Stamkos scored an even-strength goal and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Blue Jackets in Game 4 of their first-round series. The veteran star was held off the scoresheet completely through the first three games of the series, but Stamkos was finally able to break through in this one, although his performance didn't save the Bolts from a stunningly quick elimination. The 29-year-old scored a career-high 98 points (45 goals, 53 assists) in 2018-19, and he'll be gunning for his first 100-point campaign as a key part of a very potent Tampa offense next season.
Stamkos has been held without a point through two games in the Lightning's first-round series against the Blue Jackets. He's minus-3 with eight shots. But like fellow snipers Nikita Kucherov and Brayden Point, Stamkos has been stymied and smothered by an aggressive Columbus crew. He will need to step up Sunday with Kucherov serving a one-game suspension and the Bolts down 2-0.
Stamkos was not pleased with the Lightning's collapse in Game 1 against Columbus and is expecting "a much better game" Friday. "We didn't play to our identity," said Stammer of the Game 1 loss. "Guys were pretty ticked off in here about their effort, so we're expecting a much better effort for tonight. We know what we've got to do." The Bolts went up 3-0 before allowing four unanswered goals. Stamkos should rebound nicely and be one of the leaders on the ice Friday.
Stamkos scored his 45th goal of the season in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Bruins. It came shorthanded. That's a shortie in back-to-back games and this one set a new career mark in points (98). The two shorties illustrate the growth in his game, as Stamkos has worked hard on his faceoffs to earn the time killing penalties. He had last scored shorthanded in the 2015-16 season. Stamkos looks primed and ready for a long playoff run.
Stamkos scored a shorthanded goal and added an assist in Thursday's 3-1 win over Toronto. Remarkably, it was just the fourth shorthanded goal of his career. Stamkos has 97 points (44 goals, 53 assists) in 81 games this season. That equals his career best from way back in 2011-12. Stammer still has an outside shot at the century mark if he has a big night Saturday.
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