This just in: Steven Stamkos doesn’t just shoot the puck hard.
The Tampa Bay Lightning forward can deliver a big hit every now and then, as hulking New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes learned early in Game 3. Here’s video of that check, if you want to make your own judgments regarding whether it’s clean or not.
Stamkos didn’t receive a penalty on the play. Shortly after that check, Dominic Moore sat in the box for two minutes after cross-checking Tyler Johnson. Things are getting a little nasty so far in this contest.
If you’d like to see that Stamkos hit on Hayes in GIF form, check it out here:
Stamkos is definitely making his presence felt, as he also scored a key goal for Tampa Bay, shrinking the Rangers’ lead to 2-1.