It is a definite no-brainer to select Steven Stamkos as a player to watch in this game. The Lightning forward scored on all three shootout attempts in the Elimination Shootout contest in Ottawa, beating Montreal Canadiens net minder Carey Price on two occasions, and finishing off his final try and to seal the competition against Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas.
His performance stamp-sealed four crucial points for Team Alfredsson to advance in victory—as well as it may have lifted a more non-successful shootout percentage this season.
“It was a lot of fun,” Stamkos said. “I figured I could redeem myself for the target shooting. It was nice to get those three goals and I think those were the first of the season for me on the shootout.”
His first goal came as a result of a subtle stick fake and that wrist shot whipping by Price. While the second was a familiar scene to Lightning fans, as Stamkos added the same ‘spin’ move that had beat Price with at home against the Canadiens.
His winning this competition exemplifies to the hockey world why he leads the NHL in goals with 32 currently tucked away.
It serves as no secret the punch a puck packs off his stick…he is successful from almost any position or angle. There comes a moment where you just have to accept and respect his brand of talent…he is becoming a ‘star’ but what I like about Stamkos is that he maintains a ‘level’ means of handling the star quality.
The style and skill of Stamkos show why he is the NHL goal-scoring leader. He beat 23 of the NHL's best in net to win the Tim Hortons NHL Elimination Shoot Out and give Team Alfredsson a victory in the 2012 Molson Canadian All-Star Skills Competition.
He and Team Alfredsson teammates John Tavares and Jason Pominville were the only players to get past the second round.
This year will make for an enjoyable All-Star Game, which some fans refuse to watch and which does not make sense to me; but then again, I love watching this hockey weekend. To each his own…I love all that skill and talent on one ice cube, goalies especially.
Stamkos was quoted as stating: “Somewhere, I hope coach Boucher was watching.” How could you not be watching? What I appreciate most about Stamkos is that he does not need props (or commercials)—he ‘spins’ he does not need a cape; I like his ‘Here it is’…attitude. Stamkos is about the game and packs a lethal shot, there is no denying that. With injuries current to Tampa Bay and an up and down ride that any team can experience, a player like Stamkos is required to pull a team up out of all that. Stamkos has what it takes to get the job done.
Stamkos is the marketing the NHL should utilize.