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Stamkos Now Understands Playoff Hockey

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

As teachable moments go, the one Steven Stamkos endured Wednesday was difficult.

He was crushed into the boards early by Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik, had one shot on goal and four shots total, and had his streak of futility reach five goals in 29 games.

Then again, Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal was Stamkos’ first NHL playoff game, so bumps were expected. The education? That, the Lightning center said, came in a situation you cannot fully appreciate until you’re immersed in it.

“You learn how much different the game is in the playoffs than the regular season,” Stamkos, 21, said Thursday. “You may be competing hard, but it’s not hard enough in playoff hockey. That’s something I learned and will address.”

How strange to be where we are with Stamkos.

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Nathan's avatar

How strange to be where we are with Stamkos.

Not really that strange… he’s like, eight years old, and this is the first time he’s been in the playoffs. Nothing to worry about… this guy will be one of the three best players in the game for a long time.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 04/15/11 at 08:35 AM ET

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