Bolts’ Stamkos shows character in Game 7 loss to Bruins

After watching the Boston Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 1-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals there was one lasting image that was stuck in my mind. While this game had exciting end to end rushes and highlight saves I kept thinking about the incredible pain tolerance of Tampa’s former 2008 first overall choice, Steve Stamkos, who showed what NHL players will go through to win the Stanley Cup. Early in the second period Stamkos, who of course is known for scoring goals, fell down like he was shot when hit on the left side of his head by a hard slapshot from Bruins’ defenceman, Johnny Boychuk.  As the Lightning trainer came running onto the ice, a bloodied Stamkos … amazingly… had the will to get back on his feet and skated to the bench, while holding his face. Amazingly enough, Stamkos, who I assumed would be out for the game, returned about five minutes later wearing a full cage to protect, what looked like, a broken nose. Stamkos, who had six goals and 13 points this post season didn’t even miss a shift afterwards. More than likely Don Cherry was grinning ear to ear at this good old Canadian boy.

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