Lightning Vs. Canadiens: Steven Stamkos Stuck At 58 Goals In 5-2 Loss

Mar 29; Newark, NJ, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) skates with the puck during the third period against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Lightning 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

The Tampa Bay Lightning have nothing left to play for, but Steven Stamkos does.

Just two goals shy of 60 for the season, Stamkos was held scoreless in a 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

Stamkos scored two goals in the final minute of regulation during Tampa Bay's 4-2 Monday win over the Washington Capitals, but could not convert in four shots on Wednesday, keeping his league-high goal total at 58.

The Lightning have two more games left this season -- they play the Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday and the Winnipeg Jets Saturday. Stamkos has four goals against those teams this season, so it is entirely possible that he could get those two pesky tallies to reach the 60-goal milestone.

In other moral victory news, the win puts the Canadiens at 28th in the league standings ahead of the Edmonton Oilers as they jockey for position in the NHL draft lottery.

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