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Lightning captain Steven Stamkos struggles to find net

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The Tampa Bay Lightning’s scoring woes begin at the top.

Captain Steven Stamkos, too, is struggling to lead his team.

Stamkos has just two goals in his last 10 games and failed to put a shot on net in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. He has only three shots in his last two games. His 20 points are 50th in the NHL.

“It’s frustrating,” Stamkos told the Tampa Bay Times. “I don’t think I got a shot on net. It’s tough to score when you can’t generate opportunities.”

The Lightning has struggled for most of the year, scoring two goals or fewer in 16 of its 28 games. The Triplets line has been plagued by injuries, with Tyler Johnson missing eight of his last 10 games. Ryan Callahan hasn’t scored a goal in 14 games. Alex Killorn has two in his last 17.

Stamkos has been open about preferring to play center instead of right wing, where he has been lately.

“I need to play better,” Stamkos said. “I know what I can do. I just need to be a lot better.”

The Lightning plays at home Thursday against Ottawa.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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