GIF: Lightning's Stamkos loses cool, punches Canadiens' Emelin after penalty call

Apr 22, 8:26 PM

Steven Stamkos is struggling to control his emotions as the Tampa Bay Lightning are staring elimination in the face, trailing in Game 4 against the Montreal Canadiens.

The Lightning captain was called for hooking Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin early in the second period. Stamkos must have felt Emelin embellished the call - something he let Emelin (and the glass of the penalty box) know with his right fist after the play:

[Source: CBC]

Stamkos' anger towards Emelin could also stem from the Game 3 incident where Emelin inadvertently kneed Stamkos in the head. No matter what set Stamkos off, Tampa Bay needs him using his hands for scoring goals - not punching faces - if the team is going to play another game this postseason.

Feature photo courtesy of Jean-Yves Ahern / USA Today