Stamkos shows off another side of his game in opener

Steven Stamkos. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

Steven Stamkos. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:56 PM ET

The spectacular end-to-end rush by Steven Stamkos that resulted in Tampa Bay’s second goal Wednesday is the type of stuff of which playoff legends are made.

But it was an incident that took place about five minutes before the highlight-reel effort by Stamkos that shows just how many layers there are in the game of the Unionville, Ont. native.

With the puck near the Montreal Canadiens blueline midway through the second period, prized Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Ordrej Palat was crushed by savvy Habs veteran Andrei Markov near the boards. Seconds later, the first Tampa player to come to the aid of his fallen teammate was Stamkos, who immediately charged in and got into the face of the Habs blue liner.

The message sent by the Lightning superstar: nobody — NOBODY — pushes my team around.


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