Now you might be saying, "Hey, Teebz, pretty sure that Stamkos plays for Tampa Bay." You're right, of course, but that didn't stop Pacioretty from setting up Stamkos for a great goal tonight. Watch.
Pacioretty missed the defensive line change that the Canadiens were making, and he dropped a pass back to the waiting Stamkos. No-look passes are great when they work, but in this case Pacioretty's no-look pass put the Canadiens in a 2-0 hole. Make sure you know where your teammates are before you no-look pass to someone!
If you watch closely, though, you might be saying, "Teebz, Stamkos is way off-side on that play!" Normally, you'd be right but the NHL Rule Book clearly states that Stamkos is not off-side thanks to Rule 83.1, paragraph 5 which states,
"If a player legally carries or passes the puck back into his own defending zone while a player of the opposing team is in such defending zone, the off-side shall be ignored and play permitted to continue."Because of this, Stamkos is on-side due to Pacioretty willfully playing the puck back into his defensive zone. One Stamkos slapshot later, and it's 2-0 for Tampa Bay.
While Pacioretty won't get credit for an assist, Lightning GM Steve Yzerman might want to look at a way to bring Pacioretty to the Lightning. I'm almost certain Stamkos hasn't seen a pass that pretty since Martin St. Louis left town.
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!