Stamkos More Relaxed After Break

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 29: Steve Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Team Alfredsson stretches during warm-up prior to the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game at Scotiabank Place on January 29, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

Steven Stamkos seems to be feeling a lot more relaxed now after the All-Star break than before it. Before all of the festivities, he seemed somewhat nervous about the game, especially the skills. After doing pretty badly in the accuracy shooting (3 hits in 40+ secs) Stamkos stole the show and beat Price twice (no poetic scheme intended) and Tim Thomas once to go a perfect 3 for 3, eliminating Buffalo’s Pomminville to win the elimination shootout event. Stammer said he didn’t really have a set strategy in the shootout. He skated in and reacted “on instinct”. Obviously, that worked greatly as he turned the goalies inside out before scoring. Carey Price was asked during the game Sunday afternoon about which player Price thinks absolutely owns him. Price stared out for the second, and just as Stamkos skated by, Price answered “Steven Stamkos” with a blank yet comical expression on his face. Price is right here (no game show reference intended), as Stamkos beat Price on a penalty shot last season against the Habs in late December while also going 2 for 2 against Carey on a stick fake and another spin-o-Rama goal. Obviously, everyone on the ice was smiling. Even Lundvist had a laugh when Rangers forward Marian Gaborik scored on him and pulled out Anisimov’s rifle celebration. Gaborik won the MVP honors as he scored a hat trick for Team Chara. Stamkos ended up with 1 assist and three shots on goal, including the second All-Star Game penalty shot that was stopped by Detroit’s Jimmy Howard. Look for Stamkos to add to his 32 goal total, as he is on pace for a 50 goal season.

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