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Steve Stamkos is optimistic about the chances of the Tampa Bay Lightning contending going into the 2014-15 campaign.

"We have a good thing going down in Tampa," Stamkos said. "We have a great owner, we've got a great GM in Steve Yzerman, and we've got a good young team. I want to win, and hopefully I can do it in Tampa." The Lightning were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens, but the loss of starting goaltender Ben Bishop was a factor in that. If the Lightning are able to stay relatively healthy this season, then they will be a tough team to play against.

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Steve Stamkos expects to play in Game 4 on Tuesday after he received an inadvertent knee to his head.

He returned for the third period after the incident occurred late in the second period. Stamkos said he felt "pretty good" after practice on Monday. He has two goals and two assists over three games in the series.

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Superstar Steven Stamkos assisted on both Lightning goals in a 3-2 playoff loss to the Canadiens in Montreal Sunday night.

The Canadiens now lead this best-of-7, first-round playoff series 3-0 with Game 4 in Montreal on Tuesday. Tampa Bay had a scare when Stamkos left the game at 16:09 of the second period with an apparent head injury. Stamkos was skating through the neutral zone when he got tangled up with Canadiens forward Brandon Prust and fell. As he was falling, Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin was skating back toward his own zone when he tried to step over Stamkos and struck him in the head with his right knee. Stamkos went down, tried to get back up and skate to the bench and stumbled before going down on one knee again to wait for the Lightning trainer. A few minutes later he got up and skated to the Lightning dressing room under his own power. Stamkos missed the remainder of the second period, but returned for the third. Ondrej Palat and Matthew Carle scored the TB goals.

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Steve Stamkos netted a pair of goals for the Lightning on Wednesday, but they ended up on the wrong end of a 5-4 overtime decision in Game 1 of their first round playoff series.

Stamkos is picking up right where he left off towards the end of the regular season by scoring in bunches, but his efforts weren't enough to lift his team to victory on this night. Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov also registered markers for Tampa Bay in the losing effort.

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Steve Stamkos is back in the playoffs after he picked up 13 points in 18 games in 2011, but this time he's the captain of a young, upstart squad.

"You're the leader of a team that's going to the Stanley Cup playoffs. It's a challenge, but it's fun, it's exciting," he said. "For me, everything that's happened this year, to get a chance to come back and play, is an unbelievable feeling. But to get a chance to be in the playoffs, and hopefully lead this team, that's a challenge. For me, you take that challenge personally, but you realize we have a great bunch of guys here." Stamkos missed 45 games this season with a broken tibia, but he still tallied 25 goals and 40 points in 37 appearances.

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Steve Stamkos might not carry much momentum into the playoffs, as he failed to score a point in his last two games of the 2013-14 regular season.

It wasn't for a lack of effort, however, particularly on Sunday. He fired five SOG against the Capitals but was unable to beat Braden Holtby in an odd 1-0 (SO) win for the Bolts.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning can secure home ice advantage for the first round by beating Washington on Sunday.

"It's in our power," Steve Stamkos said. "The fans deserve it. Our city deserves it, and we certainly deserve it with how hard we've played and the amount of adversity we've overcome as a team." Either way, Tampa Bay will face the Montreal Canadiens in its opening series.

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Steve Stamkos scored a goal and added an assist for the Lightning in Thursday's 4-2 win over Philadelphia.

Stamkos has now tallied 25 times in 35 games in his injury-shortened season, making it clear that he could have presented a strong challenge to Alex Ovechkin for the Rocket Richard Trophy had he been healthy all year. Tyler Johnson, Richard Panik and Eric Brewer all scored goals for Tampa Bay in the win.

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Steve Stamkos is honored to be Tampa Bay's nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy.

"To be able to go through something like I did this year and have the support that I did. I've always kind of prided myself as being a person who is dedicated and works extremely hard, and lets the skill part take over from there. To be named to something like that is a pretty special honor and is one of the things that means the most to me," he said. "I want to be remembered as someone who extremely dedicated, loved the game and worked hard no matter what the circumstance." He suffered a broken tibia that required surgery on Nov. 12, but he was able to return on Mar. 6. He has 10 goals and five assists in 17 games since he got back into the lineup.

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Steve Stamkos accidentally scored on his own net during Tampa Bay's 4-3 overtime win on Saturday.

The Lightning pulled their goalie due to a delayed penalty, but an errant pass from Stamkos ended up in their empty net. Stamkos made up for it though by netting two goals, including the game-winner in overtime. He now has 23 goals this season despite being limited to just 29 games.