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GIF: Steven Stamkos scores a goal on his own net on a delayed penalty

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By Nick Stoico

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos is one of the most electric goal scorers in the NHL. His ability to always find the back of the net is impeccable, as evidenced by his 23 goals in 28 games this season, but this skill may not always play out into his favor.

On a delayed penalty against the Buffalo Sabres, Stamkos managed to put the biscuit in the basket … it just happened to be the wrong one.  He banked the puck off the side board in the offensive end and all the way down the ice into the empty net at the other end – talk about great accuracy.

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  • Published On Mar 29, 2014
  • Lightning, Islanders go 13 rounds in shootout that features goals, ejection

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    By Mike McMahon

    The shootout is often referred to as “the skills competition” by fans, and the ones who were at the Lightning-Islanders matchup at  the Tampa Bay Times Forum got to see plenty of. It took 26 shooters to finally get Lightning a 3-2 win, and there was plenty of excitement to be had in the NHL’s longest shootout of the season. Here’s some of the highlights.

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  • Published On Mar 28, 2014
  • Watch: Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos swings his stick and scores!

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    Steven Stamkos showed off why he's a star with a spectacular goal vs. Ottawa. (Scott Audette/Getty Images)

    Steven Stamkos showed off why he’s a superstar with a spectacular goal vs. Ottawa. (Scott Audette/Getty Images)

    By Mike McMahon

    With Opening Day in Major League Baseball just around the corner, it appears that Tampa Bay Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos has been working on his swing.

    In the third period of the Lightning’s matchup against the Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay forward Ondrej Palat hit the crossbar, sending the puck straight up into the air. Stamkos was there to bat it into the net with Senators goaltender Robin Lehner caught as a spectator

    The goal was initially waved off by the refs for a high-stick, but further review overturned the call and tied the game at three.

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  • Published On Mar 24, 2014
  • Steven Stamkos makes return to Lightning, named team’s 10th captain

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    Steven Stamkos was named captain of a vastly different Lightning team in his return from a broken leg. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

    Steven Stamkos was named captain of a new-look team in his return from a broken leg. (Chris O’Meara/AP)

    By Darian Somers

    Many people thought that Steven Stamkos would eventually be named captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    It happened sooner than he liked.

    On Thursday night, in the wake of Martin St. Louis’s deadline day trade to the New York Rangers, Stamkos was announced as the 10th player in Lightning history to wear the team’s C, joining former linemates St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier on the franchise’s list of captains. (St. Louis had succeeded Lecavalier, who departed for Philadelphia this past offseason.)

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  • Published On Mar 06, 2014
  • Ranking the Replacements: Who takes place of Stamkos for Canada in Sochi?

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    Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes

    He’s not the sexiest pick, but Eric Staal makes a lot of sense for Team Canada. (Gregg Forwerck/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    It was supposed to be a great day for Steven Stamkos, the day when doctors finally gave him the green light to return to the Lightning this weekend, just in time to secure his role with Team Canada for the Sochi Olympics.

    Instead, the CT scan he underwent on Wednesday revealed that the leg he fractured back on Nov. 11 has not healed as well as initially thought. He can be re-evaluated in another two to three weeks, but that’s too late for him. And too late for Canada.

    For Stamkos, this decision means he now focuses on using the Olympic break to get healthy for Tampa Bay’s playoff drive. But for Canada, it means finding a replacement for the player who was expected to be the focal point of the team’s offense as it aimed to defend its gold medal.

    Let’s get this out of the way right here: No matter the depth of Canada’s talent pool this is an absolutely devastating loss. There’s no replacing what Stamkos would have brought to the table. There is no one who can match his release or his shot or his knack for finding space on the ice. That guy doesn’t exist.

    But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t quality options for Steve Yzerman and his staff to consider. There are the snubs whose omission stunned observers as well as others who have played their way into the mix in the month since the rosters were first announced on Jan. 7. The trick will be to find a player who is willing to accept a role as Canada’s 13th/14th forward, but also is capable of playing on the top line if necessary.

    Here are the players that Team Canada is likely sizing up at this moment.

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  • Published On Feb 05, 2014
  • Steven Stamkos to miss Sochi Olympics

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    Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning

    Steven Stamkos’s amazing recovery from his broken leg wasn’t enough to save his Sochi hopes. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Steven Stamkos failed to secure medical clearance from team doctors and will not be allowed to join Team Canada for the Olympic Games.

    A CT scan taken earlier today showed that the leg he broke in early November has not fully healed, according to Lightning and Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman.

    “After reviewing the CT scan this afternoon, Dr. Gutentag made it clear to me and to Steven that the tibia is not completely healed and therefore he should not be participating in game action at any time in the near future,” Yzerman said in a team statement. “Although the doctor
    was very pleased to this point with the healing process, he explained that the callus surrounding the fracture site is not 100 percent consolidated, and Steven will not be cleared to play in a game until that happens. It was a pretty clear cut decision, no gray areas at all.”

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  • Published On Feb 05, 2014
  • Tampa Bay sniper Steven Stamkos takes another major step back from injury

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    Steven Stamkos seems to have healing powers on a par with his ability to score goals. (Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    It’s been anything but baby steps for Steven Stamkos as he works toward a return from the broken leg he suffered in a full-speed collision with a goalpost back in November. From walking just days after surgery to lacing up his skates one month later, the Lightning winger continues to defy medical timetables in his effort to make it back in time to help Tampa Bay take a run at the playoffs … and maybe chip in with Canada’s efforts to win another gold medal in Sochi.

    Word of another improbably early step in his recovery is hardly surprising at this point, but it’s still worth noting. Especially when it’s news like this:

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  • Published On Jan 16, 2014
  • Hockey’s 13 most painful to watch injury moments of 2013

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    Erik Karlsson reacts as his Achilles tendon is severed by Matt Cooke's skate.

    It was an often agonizing year in the NHL, as Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson can attest. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

    By John Rolfe

    If anyone needed any reminders that hockey players are the toughest customers on the planet, this year provided plenty. Along with the usual avalanche of brutal hits they endured, you had to shudder at the injuries–one nearly fatal–that were truly painful to watch or even contemplate. You can only imagine how the players in question felt, but many of them either continued skating in the game or made it back to action in remarkably short order. So here, if you dare to look, are the 13 most squirm-inducing moments:

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    13. Pascal Dupuis pulls out a tooth (10/30/13)

    Anyone who dreads going to the dentist and worships at the altar of novocaine likely didn’t enjoy watching the Penguins forward yanking one of his choppers after he was hit in the mouth by teammate Kris Letang’s stick during a game against Boston. Dupuis tried to pull out a second chiclet, but later said he couldn’t because it had been “glued” in place. Teammate Sidney Crosby did not appreciate the impromptu procedure, telling Dupuis, “Hurry up, you’re grossing me out. Just get rid of it.” Of note, John Tavares of the Islanders and Daniel Sedin of the Canucks also engaged in some oral self-surgery during games.

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  • Published On Dec 19, 2013
  • Unbelievable: Steven Stamkos skates one month after breaking leg

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    By Allan Muir

    So where exactly did they find those doctors who repaired Steven Stamkos’ fractured leg? Project K?

    Even if the 23-year-old star doesn’t have adamantium-enhanced bones, he’s certainly made of sturdier stuff than the rest of us. Just four weeks after fracturing his leg in a sickening collision with a goal post, Stamkos was back on skates today in Tampa.

    “Uh…medical advances, I guess,” he said to a group of amazed reporters.

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  • Published On Dec 14, 2013
  • Is Steven Stamkos back in the Sochi Olympics picture for Team Canada?

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    By Allan Muir

    Memo to Team Canada: You might get to use that Olympic roster spot for Steven Stamkos after all.

    Two weeks after having surgery to repair his fractured tibia, the Tampa Bay Lightning star walked into a press conference today…without crutches or a walking boot.

    Miraculous? Stamkos seems to think so.

    “I didn’t think I’d be walking,” Stamkos said, adding that he’d been getting around without crutches for the past two days.

    He also confirmed that he still has his sights set firmly on the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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  • Published On Nov 25, 2013


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