It was one of those moments that feels straight out of a sports movie. Instead, it ended up being an even more agonizing moment for Steven Stamkos than hitting another post in the first period.
The frequently frustrated Tampa Bay Lightning star was all alone against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford during a breakaway opportunity in the second period of Game 6.
Remarkably, Stamkos even had the presence of mind to realize he could make an extra deke or two, a very rare thing with space at such a premium this time of year.
Stamkos made what seemed like a delirious move … but he still couldn’t score.
There’s still time for Stamkos to break his goal slump, yet he’s now staring at eight straight games without a goal (and just an assist in that span).
At least he isn’t the only frustrated player out there, mind you, as this game sure doesn’t feel like it should still be 0-0.
The Lightning have had some close calls, yet Ben Bishop was also forced to break up what seemed like a perilous odd-man rush himself.