For Lightning center Steven Stamkos, Friday's victory over the Blackhawks "seemed like old times." The one-timer from the left faceoff circle with which he scored on a power play is now such a small part of his repertoire, ripping one as he did made him smile, even in retrospect. "It was fun to get that," he said Saturday. The goal capped Stamkos' second-period hat trick, an offensive explosion that extended a three-week hot streak that has re-established him as one of the league's elite scorers. Stamkos, who had just five goals in last season's final 28 games — prompting a slew of "what's wrong with him?" stories — has eight goals and 10 points in his past eight games. His nine goals entered Saturday tied for second in the league, one behind Toronto's Phil Kessel.
Steve Stamkos evolving as a scorer
Tampa Bay Times | Nov 6