Stamkos scored his first goal of the season Thursday, contributing to a 3-1 home win over the Red Wings. You'd have to dig into the NHL archives and pull up the March 3, 2018 game logs to see the last time Stamkos found the back of the net in a regular-season contest. Tampa's 2008 first overall draft pick also had a single assist counting as his lone point through four games heading into Thursday's action, so it's good to see the elite pivot finally break through. Stammer will look to keep it going against the Wild in Minnesota on Saturday.
Stamkos failed to put up any points in Saturday's win over Florida. Put simply, Stamkos was just too unselfish -- he and Nikita Kucherov seemed intent on passing to each other rather than taking a shot. The entire Bolts squad struggled to generate scoring chances, but it was just the first game of the season. Stamkos will deliver top-20 or better offense this year by the time it's done.
Stamkos came into camp stronger than he has in several years, reports the Tampa Times. "I feel good, and that's all you can ask for," Stamkos said. "I feel confident in the way I was able to train and how the body reacted... I didn't have to worry about rehabbing anything or taking it easy on certain things. So I'm excited to feel pretty normal heading into a training camp." Over the last few years, Stamkos has struggled through a serious knee injury, blood clot and busted leg each offseason. But a pain-free summer should mean another point-per-game (or more) season for the 28-year-old pivot. Draft him with confidence.
Stamkos came up empty on two shots in the series-ending loss to the Capitals on Wednesday. Still, the captain finished the 2018 playoffs with seven goals, nine assists and 12 power-play points over 17 games. While Stamkos produced offensively at a pace expected from an elite center, he failed to put the team on his back when it needed him the most. According to Reddit Hockey -- and as relayed from Jeff Veillette of The Faceoff Circle -- Stamkos has been held without a point in the past nine games when facing elimination, which is a rather surprising statistic concerning one of the league's top centers. Still, if there's a silver lining it's that 2008's first overall draft pick managed to stay healthy and played out the entire postseason schedule.
Stamkos scored a power-play goal while firing a team-high four shots in Thursday's 4-2, Game 4 win over Washington. Stamkos has been terrific with the extra man, as six of his seven goals this postseason have come in such situations. The Lightning's captain now has a power-play goal in each of this series' first four games, and his team has capitalized on the power play at least once in each of the past nine contests.
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