Steven Stamkos (Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
Steven Stamkos is good at scoring goals – including more than one goal in the same game. Monday, he scored three – and they're all here for your viewing pleasure.
Newsflash: Steven Stamkos has the ability to take a puck and put it past the goal line virtually at will. And the Lightning superstar showed why he’s one of the favorites to win the Hart, Art Ross and Rocket Richard trophies this season when he went off on the Montreal Canadiens Monday in Tampa Bay, scoring three goals in the first two periods and leading the Bolts to a 7-1 romp over the Habs.
Stamkos got on the scoresheet for the first time (and the first time this season) at 9:51 of the opening frame when he grabbed a rebound and flipped it past Canadiens star goalie Carey Price:
Goal No. 2 for Stamkos came at 13:15 of the second period, when teammate Victor Hedman connected with him on a brilliant stretch pass the length of the ice for a short breakaway on Price:
And Stamkos capped off his scoring on the evening with 1:46 left in the second by ripping a slapshot from the top of the circle past Price:
The hat trick was Stamkos’ eighth of his career, tying him with Martin St-Louis for the franchise record. But nobody in hockey doubts there’s much more where that came from.