The veteran center stepped up in Saturday night’s Game 6 Eastern Conference final win against the New York Rangers.
먼저, Stamkos broke the game open with his eighth goal of the playoffs in the second period.
But the Rangers tied the game in the third period on Frank Vatrano’s goal on an assist from forward Andrew Copp.
약 21 여러 스크럼으로 이어지는, Stamkos struck again.
Stamkos got his second score past New York goaltender Igor Shesterkin on assists from Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat to put Tampa Bay up 2-1 약 6:30 to play in the game, and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy held down the victory.
“I obviously was a little disappointed in myself for taking the penalty. … It’s easy to say now, 그러나, 몇 가지 이유, I wasn’t as rattled as I usually am in those situations,” Stamkos said. “I was just confident in our group that we would find a way, whether it was in regulation or was in overtime. We deserved to win the game. That was the feeling we had from puck drop.”
“It’s going to be tough to get out of the moment and look back and realize what a special group we have here because there’s still some games to be played,” Stamkos said. “You’re still not at the end of our goal, 그러나, in saying that, this group is pretty amazing and pretty special.”
Stamkos gave Shersterkin credit for keeping the Rangers in the game. Shesterkin had 29 saves in the loss.
“Shesterkin was unbelievable. He made some unbelievable saves to keep them in it, but I think I just felt kind of a calming presence because of the group,” Stamkos added.
Tampa Bay will play the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Final. 경기 1 is set for Wednesday night at 8 오후. 과.
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