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Bolts’ Steven Stamkos scores crucial goal on Habs’ Carey Price in Game 6

Lightning star Steven Stamkos had just two playoff goals in 12 teams heading into Tuesday’s Game 6 against Montreal, but the Bolts captain scored a huge goal early in the second period to give Tampa a 2-0 lead and push the Canadiens closer to elimination.

With just two goals in 12 games heading into Game 6 against Montreal, Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos hasn’t exactly set the world on fire in the 2015 post-season. But he scored a massive goal on Canadiens netminding menace Carey Price early in the second period Tuesday that greatly helps his odds of winning his first Stanley Cup.

Holding a 3-2 series lead on the Habs, the Bolts were leading 1-0 in Game 6 when Stamkos received a pass from Alex Killorn and toe-dragged the puck before wiring a wrist shot through Montreal defenseman Jeff Petry’s legs and over Price’s blocker to double Tampa’s lead:

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The goal was Stamkos’ 11th (and 27th point) in 35 career playoff games. Far more importantly, it helped the Lightning jump out to a 3-0 lead on the Canadiens after two periods and close to within 20 minutes of their first Eastern Conference Final appearance since they lost in seven games to the Boston Bruins in 2011.