Steve Stamkos is one of the purest goal scorers in the game today, which is evident by the fact that he has scored 40 or more goals in three of his six NHL seasons, and managed to tally 25 in 37 games this year despite being sidelined for a significant amount of time due to a broken leg. He’s a menace to opponents on the power play for his one timer and has a great wrist shot as well – which he demonstrated last night in the opening game of the Lightning’s first round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens.
Stamkos picks the puck up behind his own net and proceeds to carry it up the right side and past a Montreal defender in the neutral zone. As another defender comes over to cut him off near the right circle, Stamkos lets loose a rocket wrist shot that beats goaltender Carey Price on the far side. Price is no pushover in net, helping lead Team Canada to Olympic gold in February, but Stamkos absolutely rifles the puck right over Price’s blocker for the goal. Stamkos finished the game with two goals, both at even strength, but the Lightning eventually lost the contest in overtime. Game 2 is scheduled to take place tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
Check out the video below to see Stamkos’ goal.