PITTSBURGH -- At times during his first taste of NHL playoff action, Steven Stamkos has had to adapt to the heightened physical play this time of year.
But an incident in Game 6 Monday night appears to have crossed the line.
After that game, Lightning coach Guy Boucher told reporters in Tampa that Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik tried to poke Stamkos in the eye during a scrum in front of the net in the third period of his team's 4-2 win.
Orpik, who has been the biggest hitter in the series so far, was not available Tuesday as the Penguins had an optional practice.
When asked about the incident, Stamkos opted not to add any fuel to the fire.
"I'm not going to comment on that stuff right now," Stamkos told reporters following the team's practice at the Penguins practice facility Wednesday. "I'm focused on Game 7. Whatever happens on the ice, happens. You pay the price and take stuff in the playoffs."
Stamkos said the Lightning remained loose, despite the pressure of playing a Game 7 on the road.
"We have guys who have played in Olympics and played in world juniors and things like that and it's the same," Stamkos said. "Gold-medal games and stuff where it's one and you're done."