Ken Holland

With Steven Stamkos back, the Tampa Bay Lightning have returned to form

With Steven Stamkos back, the Tampa Bay Lightning have returned to form

What we learned from the last week of play in the NHL:

Steven Stamkos is bringing the thunder: The Tampa Bay Lightning narrowly missed the playoffs last season largely because center Steven Stamkos played only 17 games before he suffered a knee injury that required surgery. He’s back in fine form, and so is his team. Stamkos matched his career-best mark with four points against Pittsburgh on Saturday to pad his league-leading total to 18 points in nine games. Tampa Bay, which leads the East at 7-1-1, is 5-0-0 at home and has a solid plus-12 goal differential.

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