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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

That Steven Stamkos can sure play some hockey

Forgive me since my cable package doesn't get many Tampa Bay Lightning games but seeing my fantasy hockey stud Steven Stamkos live on TV was something to behold.

Luckily, the NHL can't properly market anything so he'll be toiling in obscurity in the land of blue hairs and early bird specials for a long time.

Anyways, Tampa Bay (12-7-2) skated circles around the Boston Bruins (11-6-2) last night at the St. Pete Times Forum in a one-sided 3-1 win.

Kindly enough for all the old people in the crowd and watching at home (haha yeah right), Tampa Bay did all their work in an eight minute span in the second period.

Dana Tyrell made it 1-0, Stamkos scored his NHL leading 20th goal of the season (from Martin St. Louis and Steve Downie) and Teddy Purcell tipped one in from Dominic Moore and Ryan Malone.

And that was it. As per usual this season, Tuukka Rask (33 saves) was not the problem but he still fell to a snakebitten 1-5-1.

Naturally Boston woke up in the third period when it was too late. Michael Ryder scored his sixth goal of the season from Blake Wheeler and Jordan Caron.

Lightning goaltender Mike Smith (26 saves) did enough to walk away with the win. Overall, Tampa Bay is an impressive team. They're fast and skilled even without the injured Vincent Lecavalier and Simon Gagne.

The Bs end their short two-game stint in the Sunshine State with a rematch against the Florida Panthers tomorrow night. Hopefully Florida plays as terribly as they did last week in Boston.

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