Lightning Forward Nets Two Goals in Potential Final Home Game

Steven Stamkos, potentially playing his last game for the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena, scored two goals in a 6-3 victory over the Florida Panthers, with his future at the team uncertain as his contract ends this season.

Might’ve been Stamkos’ farewell at Amalie Arena. And boy, did he leave a mark. The guy netted two goals in a crucial 6-3 victory against the Panthers. This win? It kept the Lightning’s playoff hopes alive.

With the series at 3-1 against them, Monday’s Game 5 is a big deal. It’s moving to Amerant Bank Arena in Sunrise, FL. If the Lightning can’t pull off a massive comeback, we might not see Stamkos in their jersey again.

Why? Well, his hefty eight-year, $68 million contract is up. And if he and GM Julien BriseBois don’t shake hands on a new deal by July 1, Stamkos hits free agency. Hard to picture him elsewhere, but hey, that’s the harsh reality of sports economics.

On Saturday, Stamkos was on fire. His power-play goal in the first got things rolling. Then, bam, he scored again in the third, making it 5-3. Just when Tampa Bay needed it most.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

Related NHL News