5 Takeaways from Lightning vs. Rangers Game Six

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1. Stamkos Takes Over

He has been criticized in past years for his unavailability or lack of production in the playoffs. But Steven Stamkos has now entered the conversation for the Conn Smyth Trophy with a two-goal performance in game six.

Stamkos had seven points in the six-game series including five goals. He now has nine goals in this playoffs, a career high. The celebrations said it all for him as a player who has contributed as a significant leader in the past two cup runs but has not had the numbers of Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov.

In game six, it felt like Stamkos just went to that next level. He took over the game and was skating and was around the net and the scoring chances all night. This will go down as probably his second most famous playoff performance to date. Second only to his heroic, legendary goal in his only game of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final.

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