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Steve Stamkos buried his 21st goal of the season in Tampa Bay's 4-3 shootout loss to Ottawa Monday.

The sniper has scored at a 60-goal pace so far in his injury-shortened campaign and is really the only player currently in the league who can challenge Alex Ovechkin for the Rocket Richard Trophy over a full schedule. Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman also scored for the Lightning while the red hot Ondrej Palat registered two assists in the loss.

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Steve Stamkos produced a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay's 4-3 overtime loss to Pittsburgh Saturday afternoon.

The Lightning superstar is getting back into a groove after returning from a broken leg. He has six goals and nine points in his past six outings. Radko Gudas contributed a pair of helpers in the loss, while Valtteri Filppula and Ondrej Palat had the other Tampa goals.

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Steve Stamkos recorded a natural hat trick Wednesday as the Lightning knocked off Toronto by a score of 5-3.

Whatever rust there was on Stamkos after he returned from his broken leg has clearly been shaken off now, as the sniping center has tallied five times in his last four games to give him 19 markers in 24 contests for the season. Tyler Johnson and Radko Gudas also scored for the Bolts in the victory.

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Steve Stamkos registered a goal and an assist for the Lightning to lift the team to a 4-3 win over Vancouver Monday night.

Stamkos showed rust when he returned from a broken leg in early March, but has since picked up the pace with four points in his last three contests. Ondrej Palat continued his excellent season with a goal and an assist in the game while Valtteri Filppula and Tom Pyatt rounded out the scoring for the Lightning.

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Superstar Steven Stamkos scored his first goal since returning from a broken right leg and newcomer Ryan Callahan had his first since being acquired at the NHL trade deadline, helping the Lightning hold off the Florida Panthers 5-4 in Tampa Bay Thursday night.

The win snapped a five-game losing streak for Tampa Bay (35-24-7), which jumped past the Montreal Canadiens into third place in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning swept the four-game series from their in-state rivals. Stamkos' goal came at 10:47 of the third period when he one-timed a feed from Valtteri Filppula past goaltender Dan Ellis to give the Lightning a 5-2 lead. It was Stamkos' 15th goal of the season and first since returning a week ago after a broken leg suffered against the Boston Bruins on Nov. 11 kept him out for 45 games. Stamkos also picked up an assist Thursday. Filppula also turned in a first-rate night with three assists. Callahan's goal was his 12th of the season. It gave the Lightning a 3-2 lead in the second period. Tyler Johnson scored his 21st of the season later in the period to lift the Lightning to a 4-2 lead. Sami Salo and Michael Kostka also chipped in for Tampa Bay with their third goals of the season.

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Steve Stamkos is still adjusting following his return from a broken tibia.

"For me, a lot of it is still a mental thing going into certain situations, certain areas on the ice where before the injury I'm already thinking of my next play before the puck comes," he said. "Now you are thinking of what you have to do to brace yourself for contact and then make the play. And whether that's half a second or a second, that's a big difference in this league. So, I'm trying to get over that." He doesn't have a point in three games since getting back into the lineup, but he does have eight shots and a minus-2 rating. Stamkos has topped 21 minutes of ice time in each match as well. Give him some more time to get himself back into game shape.

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Steve Stamkos returned from a 45-game absence Thursday night and he was named the 10th captain in Tampa Bay's franchise history.

He recorded five shots and the concluded the match 21:03 of ice time. Stamkos wasn't happy that the Lightning lost 3-1 to Buffalo, but he must've been pleased to be back in the lineup and was honored to get the team's captaincy. Coach Jon Cooper though Stamkos' return went well. "He was outstanding," Cooper said. "If that's the worst game he plays for us, things are going to look pretty good. He was the most dangerous player on the ice." He played between Alex Killorn and Teddy Purcell.

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Steve Stamkos (leg) will be available to play on Thursday against Buffalo.

Thus making the Tampa Bay Lightning the 2013-14 trade deadline winners. Stamkos hasn't played since Nov. 11 due to a broken tibia. He had hoped to represent Team Canada in the Olympics, but despite his best efforts, he simply didn't heal quickly enough to allow that. Now he's been medically cleared and should provide the already effective Tampa Bay Lightning with a huge boost going into the playoffs. Get him back in your lineup immediately.

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Steve Stamkos (leg) has his next checkup scheduled for Wednesday and he could be back as early as Thursday.

Getting Stamkos back would probably be better than anything the Lightning could land at the trade deadline, but that doesn't mean that GM Steve Yzerman won't be listening to what is out there. "Obviously we are thrilled and hoping he comes back," Yzerman said of Stamkos. "But any opportunity you have to improve your team, you look at it. So, getting Stammer back (helps) and if I could do anything that would improve the team I would."

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Steve Stamkos (leg) feels ready to play even though he hasn't received medical clearance yet.

"I feel like I'm ready to play, it's just a matter of getting this thing perfect really before I come back," Stamkos said. "I kind of knew based on what (Dr. Gutentag) had said last time we did the CT scan, which was a pretty clear picture that it wasn't ready, that he kind of said from this point probably three or four weeks is what you are going to need, so we are at three weeks." His first game back could come on March 6 versus Buffalo.