Stamkos making his case

With 31 goals since Feb. 17, there is nobody in the NHL on a hotter scoring streak than Steve Stamkos.

With 31 goals since Feb. 17, there is nobody in the NHL on a hotter scoring streak than Steve Stamkos.

And the Tampa Bay Lightning forward hopes Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman is watching.

“Coming into this season, (the Olympic team) wasn’t on my radar, but I didn’t envision the start that I’ve had,” said Stamkos, whose Lightning take on the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight in Tampa. “With the way things have gone so far, I definitely want to be on that team. I think I can be an effective player. It’s definitely a goal of mine.”

The former Markham Waxer turned it on midway through his rookie 2008-09 campaign and kept shooting early in this season, putting his name alongside the likes of Rick Nash and Alex Ovechkin, who also have 31 goals in that span.

It’s quite the turnaround from the slow start the former first overall pick got off to last season, when it took him until his eighth game to register an assist and his ninth to score his first NHL goal.

“I don’t there’s one big difference; I think there’s a lot of things that are factoring in,” said Stamkos, who has 15 goals and nine assists in 21 games this season. “Obviously, playing a year in the NHL, I’ve gained a lot of experience and knowledge.

“The way things went in the second half, playing in the world championships, my confidence is pretty high.”

 
 
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