Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/22/11 at 01:49 PM ET
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
What was once familiar is suddenly foreign. This season *Steven) Stamkos has scored precisely once on his vaunted one-timer. And the obvious question is: Why?
“Teams take that away,” Stamkos said Monday. “You have to go to different areas, go to the net. Screens, tips, deflections, rebounds — it’s just about evolving your game.”
It’s not that Stamkos isn’t finding the scoresheet. Coming into Tuesday night’s tilt with the Maple Leafs, the Tampa Bay Lightning centre has 11 goals and 19 points in 19 games, which put him on pace for a 47-goal campaign and spoke highly of his expanded arsenal.
While Stamkos said he’d welcome more goals from the comfy confines of his beloved left faceoff dot — where he has, in previous seasons, been at his deadliest, especially in 5-on-4 situations — he’s not expecting anything to come easily.
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