BRANDON, Fla. (AP) - Steven Stamkos sat in the locker room at the Tampa Bay Lightning's suburban practice facility, talking about everything from attending a baseball game on his day off to what it might take to end a puzzling scoring slump that's extended into the playoffs.
The 21-year-old All-Star was second in the NHL with 45 goals during the regular season. But he has just five in his past 30 games and was not much of a factor while only getting off two shots in the first two games of his team's opening round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Lightning insist they aren't concerned. Despite Stamkos' struggles, the Eastern Conference matchup is tied at a game apiece heading into Game 3 Monday night.