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Stamkos scores all-situations hat trick, Panthers allow seven goals — again

Oct 10, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 10: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning (L) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with teammates Radko Gudas #7 (C) and Matt Carle #25 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on October 10, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Florida Panthers entered this season hungry to defy expectations and compete for a playoff spot. Step one of that plan should be to stop the puck.

For the second time in just three games, the Panthers conceded seven goals. This time it was 23-year-old goaltender Jacob Markstrom getting pulled as a result instead of the currently injured Tim Thomas.

To be fair, containing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos is never an easy task. He was on fire tonight, scoring a rare hat trick that included shorthanded, power-play, and even-strength goals.

You can see all three of Stamkos’ markers below:

Valtteri Filppula also found the back of the net twice to give him four points in his first four games with the Lightning.

The Panthers won’t have much time to regroup before facing the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow. Naturally, that’s just about the last team you want to face when you’re struggling defensively.

  1. Stiller43 - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    All situations? No penalty shot and ENG like mario!

    Still obviously impressive.

  2. sjtorpitt - Oct 10, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    It seems like Stammer always lights up the bottom teams. I’m curious to see how many of his goals come against really bad teams.

    • c9castine - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      who cares man stamkos is a legit top 3 goal scorer in the world. id call him the best.

    • morphixs - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:50 AM

      He is supposed to light up the bottom teams, that’s what great players do. It is really sickening how much people bash this kid. First it was people complaining that he only scored with the one timer from the left face off circle on the power play, which in one season he did score a ridiculous amount of goals in such a manner. But that was only one season and it was several seasons ago. Now apparently he only scores on the “bottom teams.” Yeah it is true that the teams he has scored the most on are Florida, Atlanta/Winnipeg, Washington and Carolina, know what all those teams have in common with Stamkos and Tampa Bay? You guessed it, they were all in the Southeast Division together, thus he has played the most games against them.

      Well here are his career stats if you really want to see them:

      He has scored at least one goal on every team in the league. Half the teams in the league he has played less than 10 games against so the sample sizes are really small. Here are some highlights for you though in case you are too lazy to go look yourself:
      Boston – 12 goals in 20 games
      Chicago – 7 goals in 6 games
      Montreal – 8 goals in 19 games
      New Jersey – 11 goals in 19 games
      New York Rangers – 8 goals in 19 games
      Ottawa – 9 goals in 19 games
      Philadelphia – 13 goals in 19 games
      Pittsburgh – 6 goals in 19 games
      San Jose – 6 goals in 6 games
      Toronto – 10 goals in 19 games
      Vancouver – 5 goals in 4 games
      Washington – 13 goals in 28 games

      Like I said before, he is a great player and great players feed on bad teams, it’s not just Stamkos. Quit trying to bash the kid, he is one of, if not the best pure goal scorer in the league. I am not so arrogant as to say he is the best player in the league, Crosby in my mind holds the distinction of being the best all around player and you could make the argument for several others such as Toews being better all around players than Stamkos. Here is the important thing to think about though – Stamkos is getting better year by year in all areas of the game, he is light years ahead of where he was defensively in years past and he will continue to get better. Will he ever be better than Sid or Toews? I can’t say that, but he is a better pure goal scorer than they are and he is also no slouch in the other areas either.

    • mathieug79 - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      Well 2 years ago he got a hat trick on a very good Chicago Blackhawks team.

      • mathieug79 - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:41 AM

        my comment’s now worthless compared to morphix’s :s thanks morphix for pointing out his stats!

  3. pitpenguinsrulez - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Yeah that last part with the Penguins is like adding salt to the wound…LETS GO PENS!!!

  4. gregman98 - Oct 11, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Literally, the Pens win tomorrow without even trying.

    (I`m certainly gripping my pro-sport lottery tix…no whammys…big bucks…)

  5. youvebeenphaneufed - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    That’s still no Gordy Howe hat-trick though!

  6. mclovinhockey - Oct 11, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Damn I took AO over stamkos in my pool cause I thought Stamkos could have an off year…… Oops

    • gotstamkos - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      Yep Oops! Mark it down; Stamkos’s work ethic and drive to be a better player, in ALL areas of the game, will make it very difficult for him to have an “off year”.
      From this site:
      “Stamkos’ desire for improvement extends beyond the faceoff dot. By his comments, it’s clear he wants to be known as more than an offensive specialist.”

      “It’s the (penalty kill) and being out there when you’re up a goal late in the game, not being a liability defensively, playing solid at both ends of the rink,” Stamkos said. “That’s the player I want to be.”

      GO BOLTS!!!

  7. hockey412 - Oct 11, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    The kid’s amazing…one of the most exciting players in the league and a damn good reason to watch a game you weren’t planning to.

    I honestly think that part of what makes him great is that he is never afraid to SHOOT the puck, no matter what situation. If you watch Crosby or Malkin enough, they’ll drive you nuts with their refusal to SHOOT (in their defense, they seem to be doing quite well without my input, though). Stamkos just fires away. Love it.

  8. curioustraveler13 - Oct 11, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Now I see why the Florida panthers were offering season tickets for $20 per game. I expect 8 goals from the pens tonight. I want to see a panthers vs rangers game to see who is going to get the #1 overall pick though. My condolences to Panther fans. Huberdeau is real good but that team is not.

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