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All-Star Game History: Stamkos shined in his first All-Star Game in 2011, his third season in the league. In the SuperSkills competition, he helped Team Lidstrom in the Fastest Skater and Hardest Shot events—beating out Alex Ovechkin in the Hardest Shot, shooting the puck at 101.9 miles per hour.
In the All-Star game, Team Staal took an early 4-0 lead, but Team Lidstrom rallied back to score four unanswered goals to even it at by the end of the first period. Patrick Sharp and Kris Letang jumped on Team Lidstrom early in the second period, taking a 6-4 lead. Lidstrom’s Anze Kopitar then brought them within a goal, and Stamkos scored the equalizer. Team Lidstrom went on to win 11-10.
Why He’s an All-Star: Since entering the league, Stamkos has been the face of scoring in the NHL. As we have come to expect production from Stamkos, he has already reached the 30-goal mark this season with 32 at the All-Star break, and currently leads the league in scoring.
Prediction for All-Star Game and Beyond: Stamkos will get picked early in the Fantasy Draft and will continue to shine this weekend.
For a player who never seems to be in a slump, the Lightning will count on Stamkos’ consistency to help them sneak into the playoffs. Currently Tampa Bay is 11th in the Eastern Conference, and will need all the help they can get from Steven Stamkos and Co.