Stamkos, Steven

NHL Game Night 11/10: Lightning at Capitals

Kolzig's return to Washington DC was a cold reception.

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Olaf Kolzig allowed 4 goals on 30 shots for the loss.

First Period
08:20 WSH Poti (2), (Brashear, Erskine)
09:55 WSH Green (5), (Ovechkin, Backstrom)
16:24 WSH Fehr (1), (Laich, Steckel)

Second Period
16:30 TB Roberts (1), (Recchi, St. Louis)(PP)

Third Period
15:54 WSH Ovechkin (3), (Semin, Schultz)
19:34 TB Roberts (2), (Eminger, Jokinen) (PP)

The Lightning outshot the Caps 36-30 in the game.

Steven Stamkos was -1 in 11:24 with 1 shot and was 45% on draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 11/8: Lightning at Flyers

Can you believe there was a time when people were trying to run Jussi Jokinen out of town?

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Mike Smith was excellent, allowing just 1 goal on 36 shots for the win. I thought Barry Melrose might give Smith a couple of nights off after the frustration he showed late in the Rangers game, but he threw Smith right back in and the young netminder responded.

First Period
17:20 PHI Briere (4), (Gagne, Richards)(PP)

Second Period
07:58 TB Jokinen (5), (Recchi, Roberts)
13:35 TB Prospal (3), (Lecavalier, St. Louis)

Third Period
NO SCORING

The best free agent signing of the offseason by the Lightning? Mark Recchi at $1.25M? Don't look now, but the old man has 8 points in 13 games so far this season.

Steven Stamkos had 1 shot, 1 hit, and was 44% on draws in 9:39.

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NHL Game Night 11/6: Lightning at Rangers

When this Lightning team learns to play 60 minutes with the same urgency and work rate they showed after falling behind in the third, they'll be pretty scary to deal with.

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Mike Smith allowed 5 goals on 35 shots in the game. He also came a bit unhinged at the end of the game culminating in a physical confrontation with Aaron Voros. We'll have to see if he can shrug off that late game frustration and start with a clean slate next time out.

First Period
16:09 NYR Callahan (5), (Zherdev, Rozsival)(PP)

Second Period
14:23 NYR Drury (3), (unassisted)(SH)
18:36 TB St. Louis (3), (Prospal, Malik)

Third Period
00:35 NYR Drury (4), (Gomez, Redden)(PP)
07:58 TBL Malone (3), (Recchi, St. Louis)(PP)
08:27 NYR Staal (1), (Zherdev, Voros)
19:32 NYR Drury (5), (Kalinin, Rozsival)(PP)

Put aside the score of this game, and just compare how the team looked in Prague against this opponent and how they looked tonight. There's significant improvement pretty much across the board, but it's still a work in progress. To me, the way to get this thing to a finished product is to just start playing 60 minutes with urgency, because when this team moves its feet it has a lot of speed and a lot of size and the Rangers really looked overmatched at times in the third period when the Lightning were pressing to try and make a comeback.

Steven Stamkos was -1 in 14:29 with 2 shots, 2 hits, and he was 40% on draws. I don't know if Coach Melrose would try this, but in order to get Stamkos out in space through the neutral zone to use his speed, I wouldn't be opposed to spot shifting Lecavalier or St. Louis with the kid. You get the feeling watching Stammer that he's close, but he needs to find a running partner to work with who has the speed to play with him. I'd also try to make sure I got Ranger or one of the other d-men who are good at making that long stretch pass out when Stammer is out.

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NHL Game Night 11/5: Lightning at Devils

The Lightning continue their quest to lead the league in overtime and shootout losses.

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Mike Smith stopped 35 of 38 shots in regulation and overtime before going 1-for-3 in the shootout for the loss.

First Period
16:28 TB Jokinen (3), (Recchi, Artyukhin)

Second Period
16:05 NJ Clarkson (3), (Zubrus, White)
18:44 NJ Elias (4), (Zubrus, Gionta)(PP)

Third Period
10:52 TB Jokinen (4), (Meszaros, Recchi)(PP)
15:10 NJ Pandolfo (2), (Madden, Elias)
16:40 TB St. Louis, (Lecavalier, Ranger)(PP)

Overtime
NO SCORING

Shootout
TB- Lecavalier
NJ- Langenbruner, Elias

Steven Stamkos was -1 in 13:52 with 3 shots, 1 blocked shot, and he was 50% on draws.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

NHL Game Night 10/28: Lightning at Maple Leafs

Big win.

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Mike Smith, who has been outstanding so far this season, stopped 36 of 38 shots in the win.

First Period
05:08 TB Jussi Jokinen, (Mark Recchi, Mike Lundin)
07:34 TOR Matt Stajan, (Nik Antropov, Alexei Ponikarovsky)(PP)
15:37 TB Vincent Lecavalier, (Vaclav Prospal, Mike Smith)

Second Period
04:08 TB Vincent Lecavalier, (Vaclav Prospal, Steven Stamkos)(PP)
13:15 TOR Mike Van Ryn, (Mikhail Grabovski, Niklas Hagman)(PP)

Third Period
NO SCORING

The Lightning still got outshot 12-5 in the final frame as they continue to learn how to play with a lead late in games. However, after a punishing practice prompted by the debacle against San Jose, this was a win the Lightning had to have for team morale in the early season.

Congratulations to Steven Stamkos. He had 1 assist, 2 shots, and was 67% on draws in 12:58.

Box score and extended statistics from NHL.com.

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