For Lightning center Steven Stamkos, Friday's victory over the Blackhawks "seemed like old times."

The one-timer from the left faceoff circle with which he scored on a power play is now such a small part of his repertoire, ripping one as he did made him smile, even in retrospect.

"It was fun to get that," he said Saturday.

The goal capped Stamkos' second-period hat trick, an offensive explosion that extended a three-week hot streak that has re-established him as one of the league's elite scorers.

Stamkos, who had just five goals in last season's final 28 games — prompting a slew of "what's wrong with him?" stories — has eight goals and 10 points in his past eight games.

His nine goals entered Saturday tied for second in the league, one behind Toronto's Phil Kessel.