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NHL - US Sports: Captain Stamkos motivated by special three-peat

Captain Steve Stamkos says the Tampa Bay Lightning are motivated by the desire to do something special by winning a third Stanley Cup in a row.

The Lightning, 7/1 to three-peat in 2021/22, go outdoors on Saturday when they take on the Nashville Predators at Nissan Stadium, with the action on the Sports Live Streaming hub.

On track for success

Jon Cooper's team head into the Stadium Series game in a strong position to defend their championship in the end of season playoffs, sitting second in the Atlantic Division with a 33-11-6 record.

The Lightning have won 10 of their past 13 games and are three points behind the Florida Panthers with two games in hand following a 5-3 win against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.

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If the Lightning were to end the season as champions, Stamkos would join Hall of Famers, Maurice "Rocket" Richard, George Armstrong, Yvan Cournoyer and Denis Potvin as the only players in NHL history to have captained a team to the Stanley Cup in at least three consecutive seasons.

Stamkos, who was drafted with the first pick in 2008, leads the Lightning this season with 56 points (24 goals, 32 assists) in 49 games.

Stamkos leading the way

Over 14 seasons with the Lightning, Stamkos has scored 922 points (463 goals, 459 assists) in 860 regular season appearances and 72 points (32 goals, 40 assists) in 94 playoff appearances.

He said to Dan Rosen for "You win two in a row and it's easy to say, 'Well, we've got our two Cups, let's just sail off into the sunset.' It's the opposite.

"We have a chance to do something so special that has hardly ever been done in the game, so let's go out and do it."

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