Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Watch: Stamkos Scores after Beautiful Tic-Tac-Toe Play

Steven Stamkos scored a pair of goals to power the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 4-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday at Pepsi Center, but this tic-tac-toe beauty, assisted by Ondrej Palat and Vladislav Namestikov is just pure gold.

Check out the beautiful one-touch passing by the lightning, beginning with Palat's pass through the legs of a defender as he enters the zone. A fraction of a second and the puck has been moved over to Stamkos, who buries the one-timer for his 19th of the season.

A few minutes later, the same trio would combine for Stamkos' 20th of the season and the Lighting were off to the races for their third straight win.

Is this chemisty of the Bolts' top line a sign that this team is ready to climb into the playoff race in the Eastern Conference?