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Video: Stamkos goes top corner for goal No. 14

Nov 9, 2013, 8:50 PM EDT

Steven Stamkos has the hot stick right now.

The Tampa Bay Lightning sniper scored his 14th goal of the season in the second period of Saturday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings. And what a beauty it was.

Stamkos fired a laser of a wrist shot over the left shoulder of Wings’ goalie Jimmy Howard and top corner, giving the Lightning a 2-1 lead at the time.

For Stamkos, that goal temporarily put him into a tie with Alexander Steen of the St. Louis Blues for the league lead. He also tied Sidney Crosby for the league in points with 23, for the time being.

That also seven goals in the last six games for Stamkos.

  1. saintsredwings - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    We ( Wings ) need more youth on offense. Weiss has Franzen syndrome. Alfy was passed his prime 3 years ago. Not even going to get into Sammy, Tootoo, Bertuzzi and Cleary.

  2. muckleflugga - Nov 9, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    we [ wings ] need a goalie who spends less time impersonating a sieve, and more time standing up

    we’ll never win anything of consequence with a goalie unable to consistently make big saves or steal the odd game

    shop this turkey…

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Nov 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      You know, it’s funny. Lightning fans are cursing Howard too. If it wasn’t for him, the Bolts would have won in regulation. Or maybe you were watching a different game from everybody else.

  3. lightning69 - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Howard certainly didn’t seem to be off his game tonight. Bolts gave him plenty of opportunities to make some huge saves. Howard would have had several more good saves if we could put the freaking puck on net more often.

    Bishop has stolen several games so far this year because of Tampa’s still questionable transition attempts, but from what I saw, Howard was not the Wings problem. Tampa’s surviving a straight 6 min PK turned this game. Stamkos has made plenty of good goalies look frozen with shots from the circles.

  4. muckleflugga - Nov 10, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    howard is not the wings problem, but with a floundering addle-brained defence, he’s a major contributor

    he needs proper coaching, and he needs to stand up and challenge shooters

    he’s forever dropping early and relying on the huge pads to cover low, much like every other goalie in the league

    everyone around the league is just filling the net up high, you think the goalies would clue in, but it’s all formulae positioning and percentages

    no free form attack from the goalies, no imagination, no reading the obvious

    no chance

  5. lsxphotog - Nov 10, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    I didn’t see Howard as the issue. He played a solid game and saw a lot of shots. Had Tampa not missed the net on every other shot in the third, I wouldn’t be surprised if Howie didn’t square up to well over 40 shots.

    The Lightning came in with a vengeance last night. With 13 shots in the first, there was a lot of time in the Wings’ zone. The second period was where the game was won. With a couple of questionable “here’s your chance, Detroit” calls being made, Tampa was down a man for over a quarter of the period (a portion of which was a 5-on-3). Killing a penalty is exhausting work, to say the least. Tampa killed them off and continued to build on its highly effective PK. And, thankfully for them, the period ended shortly after and they could catch their breathe. (Oh yeah, Stamkos ripped this goal off after that too.) Cooper was good at delegating ice time to keep top guys fresh.

    Since Detroit couldn’t capture momentum off its chances, Tampa went right back to its dominant 5-on-5 play that made use of the naive young Detroit defenseman. Also, of note, the Lightning had the puck taken away only twice….it would appear Datsyuk didn’t flex his skill set tonight.

    To me, it looked like the Lightning outplayed the Wings at every end of the ice. Combine their solid play with a hot goaltender and you’re going to win games. Tampa collected two points.

    Also, that was Tampa’s win. It should have been a regulation win, but Zetterberg seized on a good opportunity for his second goal.

  6. lightning69 - Nov 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    And one more word on Stamkos. Yes, he is a master sniper, but he is elevating his game and scoring from just about everywhere. Almost none of his goals have come from the PP corner. Every team cheats on his side now. What I’m most impressed with is his improved fore checking and back checking. He is truly becoming a 2 way leader. Which creates tons of offense and timely goals.

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