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Steve Stamkos continues to find the back of the net

Feb 11, 2012, 9:44 PM EDT

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There was a time last season when it looked like Steve Stamkos and Sidney Crosby would fight tooth and nail for the Rocket Richard Trophy. They were both scoring goals at a remarkable pace. Then Crosby’s season got derailed by a concussion and as for Stamkos, well, he just seemed to lose his scoring touch. In fact, Stamkos scored just seven goals in 31 games after the All-Star break last season. So as good as he was in the first half of the 2011-12 campaign, the fear was that he would, at some point, suffer a similar collapse.

Although there’s still nearly two months of regular season hockey left to play, Stamkos already has five goals in six games since the All-Star break. In fact, he’s riding a four-game goal scoring streak after netting the game-winner in Tampa Bay’s 2-1 victory over Buffalo on Saturday. Anything could happen and Stamkos might still lose the Rocket Richard Trophy despite his current seven-goal lead on Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel. All the same, he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

  1. buffalomafia - Feb 12, 2012 at 2:14 AM

    Watching that game was like watching paint dry!

  2. lsxphotog - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    The record for Tampa in their last 10 games is quite impressive. Only losing once in regulation, and that was when Roloson allowed 3 goals in 12 shots. They play like a totally different squad with Garon in net. Which isn’t a good thing. It means that Rolosonwill come in and kill all their momentum and that’s not something they can rely on as the season goes on. Garon has played decently, but the team in front of him has played even better, which is why they have been successful as of late.

    I’d love to see them pound the Penguins today.

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