Mike Bossy has a simple piece of advice for Lightning center Steven Stamkos: "Never give up a shot." • "Goal scorers have to be selfish in an unselfish way," Bossy added. "Scoring goals is what helps your team win." • Bossy should know. The former Islanders wing and Hall of Fame player is one of the NHL's greatest goal scorers. He also might be the closest equivalent to how Stamkos plays the game.

Stamkos, who with 58 goals is putting on one of the greatest scoring shows the NHL has seen in a while, calls the comparison "surreal." And the 22-year-old in his fourth season has a way to go before reaching Bossy's stature.

But Hall of Fame coach Scotty Bowman, an area resident who attends most Lightning home games, said, "The thing with Bossy is he was always thinking, 'How am I going to get open and get in scoring position?' Stamkos does the same thing."