Steven Stamkos (Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)
Through the first two rounds of the NHL playoffs this year, Lightning star Steven Stamkos scored just three goals. But in tipping an Ondrej Palat shot past Henrik Lundqvist Sunday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Rangers, Stamkos extended his scoring streak to four straight games.
In the first two rounds of the NHL playoffs, Lightning captain Steven Stamkos scored three goals in 13 games. Unfortunately for the New York Rangers, Stamkos has become much more productive in the Eastern Conference Final against them – and Sunday in Game 5, the star center continued his hot streak by scoring for the fourth straight game in a 2-0 Bolts victory.
Tampa was leading 1-0 on a Valtteri Filppula goal 13:29 into the second period at Madison Square Garden, and nearly five minutes later, with the Bolts on the power play, Stamkos tipped in a shot from Ondrej Palat to record his seventh of the post-season and his 14th career playoff goal in 39 games:
With 17 points in 18 games, Stamkos is tied with teammate Nikita Kucherov and Anaheim Ducks stars Corey Perry and Ryan Getlaf for second spot in the post-season points race. Lightning center Tyler Johnson is first, with 18 points – and more importantly, the Bolts are just one win away from their second Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history, and five victories away from their second NHL championship.