Steven Stamkos scored twice tonight against the Florida Panthers, doing just about what I expected as he put up 10 shots on goal, and also was able to get an assist as well. Here’s video of his two goals:
This sets up a very interesting final game of the season, as Crosby, Ovechkin and Stamkos have just one game remaining and neither have anything to play for other than the scoring lead. Expect their teams to be feeding them the puck as much as possible, and I’ll be disappointed if we don’t see an average of 8 shots between the three players.
You could say that Ovechkin has the disadvantage, as it’s likely he goes against Tuukka Rask tomorrow on NBC’s Game of the Week. Of course, with Boston securing their playoff appearance from earlier today, the Bruins could put Tim Thomas in net.
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First things first: Kris Letang might get suspended for Game 4 (if not for more than one game) thanks to this controversial check on Marcus Johansson.
Beyond that, there could be some bumps and bruises from this contest.
Bryan Rust left during the first period and didn’t return to the game after blocking a shot. Brian Dumoulin seemed shaken up after an Alex Ovechkin hit in the third period. The Capitals might have a player or two to look at, as well.
In other words, the Penguins could really lack for quality defensemen with Letang possibly suspended and possible injury absences for Dumoulin and Olli Maatta.
This series is living up to the hype … and really building up the hate.
Yes, NHL is reportedly looking at Letang’s hit on Johansson