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Stamkos off to a hot start for Lightning

Sunday, 10.24.2010 / 9:00 AM / The Hot List

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

It looks like Steven Stamkos has picked up right where he left off.

The first pick in the 2008 Entry Draft had a breakout season in 2009-10, earning a share of the Rocket Richard Trophy by tying for the League lead with 51 goals.

He's lost none of his scoring touch in the new season.

Stamkos had 4 goals and 8 points in the Tampa Bay Lightning's three games this past week. The biggest night came on Friday, when he had his second NHL hat tricks as the Lightning cruised to a 5-2 win in Atlanta.

Stamkos already has 14 points in the Bolts' first seven games. While he doesn't figure to average two points a game for the whole season, there's no doubt that he's already among the NHL's elite players.

Ovechkin and Caps both off to hot start

Sunday, 10.17.2010 / 9:55 AM / The Hot List

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

Alex Ovechkin let the goal-scoring lead and the scoring championship escape him last season. He's playing like he wants to make sure that doesn't happen again.

Ovechkin came up short in both areas last season, but he's already got 4 goals and 8 points in the Washington Capitals' first five games, with at least one point in each. Two of his goals have been game-winners, and he took two other shots that wound up deflecting off teammates and into the net for winning goals. One of those came Saturday, when Ovechkin drew the penalty that gave Washington a power play in overtime, then hammered a shot that clipped teammate Brooks Laich and went into the net to give Washington a 3-2 victory.

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