Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/11/13
Before Thursday’s home opener Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper pulled Steven Stamkos aside for a quick chat. There was no body language no sense of frustration or any other kind of signs that might indicate one of the league’s top goal scorers was pressing over not scoring any goals in the first three games of the season. But Cooper wanted to check just in case. “To be completely honest this might have been the first time that I didn’t and usually I do’’ Stamkos said. “If I don’t score in one game sometimes you have trouble sleeping in your pregame nap.’’ Turns out it was Stamkos that would give the Florida Panthers nightmares Thursday while registering his sixth career hat trick in Tampa Bay’s 7-2 trouncing of the Panthers in front of an announced sellout crowd of 19204 at the Forum — the most in a home opener for Tampa Bay since the inaugural game in franchise history. The three-goal showing was the first for Stamkos since scoring three times on New Year’s Eve 2011 ag
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