TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 31: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates his goal with teammate Martin St. Louis #26 during the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on December 31, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)

Stamkos, Marty, Leading Once Again

As the Lightning Lightning finished off the 2011 calendar year, it was Steven Stamkos who lead the offense during a three game homestand sweep. Stammer has 6 goals in his last three games, including a hat trick on New Years Eve against the Carolina Hurricanes. His third goal Saturday night gained fellow linemate Martin St. Louis his 500th assist, one that Stamkos said neither he nor St. Louis would ever forget.

Stamkos has been hot of late, as is shown by his 2 game winners in the last three games. His teammate, Marty St. Louis, has also been on fire. Despite wearing a cage, St. Louis has been able to see the big play and thread the needle perfectly, setting up 8 goals in five games since returning from his eye injury. He scored his 500th career assist, setting Stamkos up perfectly for his powerful, left circle one timer. Stammer’s hot streak has not gone unnoticed, as the NHL handed Stamkos the number one star of the week, in front of Alex Ovechkin and Jonathan Quick.

The next game for the Lightning will be tommorrow (Jan. 3) at 7 pm EST in Toronto, in which most of the attention will likely be focused around Stamkos and Leafs‘ offensive star Phil Kessel. Oh right, and in case you’re curious; Stamkos is on pace to score 57 goals. Expect to see his buddy St. Louis help Stammer get to that mark.

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