Steven Stamkos (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos hadn't scored in his first eight playoff games this year, but the 25-year-old Bolts captain ended that drought in style Sunday with an eye-popping breakaway goal on Canadiens phenom Carey Price in Game 2 of their second-round series.
After scoring eight goals in his previous 22 career NHL playoff games, Tampa Bay superstar center Steven Stamkos had yet to get his name on the goal-scorer's list with the Lightning in eight games this season. But in game 9 – which was also Game 2 of the Bolts' second-round series against the Canadiens – Stamkos put an end to that drought in style, deking star Habs goalie Carey Price out of his pads on a breakaway to give his team its first lead in Montreal Sunday night.
With the game tied at a goal apiece eight minutes into the second period, Stamkos took the puck on a brilliant pass from Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison, and the 25-year-old evaded two Canadiens defenders to break in all alone on Price before zigging while the game's best goaltender zagged:
Stamkos' goal was his fourth point of this post-season, but more importantly, it was the second of four consecutive Tampa Bay goals at Bell Centre that would put the visiting team up 4-1 and in the driver's seat heading into the third period.