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Lightning's Steven Stamkos scores with an assist by...Montreal's Max Pacioretty?

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Steven Stamkos (Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Lightning's Steven Stamkos scores with an assist by...Montreal's Max Pacioretty?

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Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos scored his first goal of the game Monday against Montreal on a nice assist from a most unexpected source – Canadiens winger Max Pacioretty. The video explains everything.

Lightning center Steven Stamkos is used to scoring after fantastic set-up passes from teammates, but Monday against Montreal, he scored after a feed from the most unexpected of sources: Canadiens left winger Max Pacioretty.

Pacioretty was carrying the puck out of the Canadiens' zone late in the first period and had made it past center ice, but his pass back toward who he thought was a teammate turned out to be Stamkos; the superstar took the puck just inside the blueline, promptly skated in alone on Carey Price and blasted it past him with a blistering slap shot for his team-best 38th goal of the season:

Stamkos would go on to score the final goal of the game to lead the Bolts to a 4-2 win over the Habs, who have lost six of their past eight games and are now tied with Tampa Bay for top spot in the Atlantic Division (Montreal has a game in hand). The 25-year-old is on pace for a 45-goal season, which would match his output from 2010-11, but is a drop from his career-best 60-goal campaign in 2011-12.

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Lightning's Steven Stamkos scores with an assist by...Montreal's Max Pacioretty?