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TAMPA, Fla. Chris Carter Jersey . -- Sometimes Steven Stamkos does things that his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates cant help but marvel at. "Just about every shift," linemate Tyler Johnson said. That was clear in Game 1 against the Montreal Canadiens when Stamkos went end-to-end before settling the rolling puck on his stick and firing a perfect shot far side past Carey Price. And even though the Lightning lost the game, that highlight and his two-goal night showed why Stamkos is the X-factor that can tip the balance of the series, no matter how well or how poorly the Habs play. "Thats what we expect out of him," winger Alex Killorn said Thursday. "As long as he continues that, I think he gives us a good chance of winning." Even with starting goaltender Ben Bishop and rookie-of-the-year candidate Ondrej Palat out with upper-body injuries, and even with more than a dozen players making their Stanley Cup playoff debut, the Lightning know they can count on Stamkos. And thats after the 24-year-old Markham, Ont., native missed four months with a broken leg. Stamkos returned March 6 and had five goals in his first seven games. But Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said that the stats were deceiving. "Those first 10-15 games, he wasnt himself," Cooper said Wednesday. "He was just slowly getting himself back. I would say these last five, six games that hes played, hes been an impact player for us." The only other player in the series who has the potential to make as much of an impact is Habs defenceman P.K. Subban, who has known Stamkos since the two played together for the North York Canadiens as eight-year-olds. Subban and Stamkos won a city championship together, then gold in 2008 with Canadas world junior team. Since, their families have remained close friends while theyve built up some healthy animosity as competitors. "I love playing against him," Subban said. "I like making him frustrated, and Im sure hell like to score on me. But the history that we have of playing each other, its been back and forth. When Im on the ice, Im sure he knows Im out there, and I know hes out there." Subban liked getting Stamkos involved in pushing and shoving after the whistle in Game 1 because it meant he was starting to get to him. Beyond that, the Habs defenceman expressed nothing but respect and admiration for his childhood teammate. "That guy, as far as Im concerned, hes probably the best goal-scorer in the league," Subban said. "Good players like him they find ways to be invisible on the ice, and they appear when they have to appear. And players like Stamkos, (Sidney) Crosby and (John) Tavares, they have that ability to disappear and then youre looking over your shoulder and next thing you know the pucks between your legs and hes tapping it in backdoor." That was one of Stamkoss goals, when Killorn gave him a perfect pass on a two-on-one past a siding Andrei Markov. But it was his first of Game 1, a wicked shot that followed a breathtaking rush, that had everyone buzzing. More impressive than banking the puck off the boards to evade Brandon Prust or even the shot itself was how Stamkos managed to settle the puck down in a split second. Teammate J.T. Brown knows he could do the same, but only if he had 20 seconds. Subban didnt realize Stamkos found a way to get the puck down before firing the shot by Price. He simply appreciated how Stamkos finished things off with such subtle skill. "I think sometimes as a shooter, they recognize when to release it," Subban said. "Its not about how hard it is, its just about where you put it and how quick you get it off. He got it off pretty quick. I dont think he needed as much power behind it because he was skating so fast. He had so much momentum already." It was the games most memorable play on a night full of them. It shouldnt be shocking that Stamkos brought his best with the spotlight so bright, given how he beams about being back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011. "Its an unbelievable experience," Stamkos said Wednesday. "Its the most fun a lot of guys have had playing hockey. The intensity is at a whole new level." Elite players find a way to reach or exceed that level. With Bishop unlikely to play this series and Palat a game-time decision for Game 2 Friday night, Tampa Bay as a team has plenty to work on. Turnovers are an issue and so is defensive-zone play, but Stamkos is far from a problem. Instead, he represents the Lightnings best chance to do something special at any given moment. "I dont know what he can do more," Johnson said. "Hes fun to play with, fun to watch, and Im glad hes on our team and not playing against him." 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Hundley, though, took the first snap 17 yards, then used a fake handoff to set up his keep up the middle and into the end zone for the win. Hundley went 24-for-39 for 200 yards and a score, adding 110 yards on the ground on 12 carries for the Bruins (6-2, 3-2 Pac-12), who have won their past two. Paul Perkins had 180 yards on 19 carries with two scores. We won our first overtime game and there is a lot to improve on as always, thats about it, UCLA head coach Jim Mora said. Sefo Liufau went 27-for-45 for 246 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Buffaloes (2-6, 0-5), who have lost four straight. All I could think about when it ended was what I was going to tell those young men when I get back in that locker room and I see those big, crocodile tears along with the effort, hard work, blood and sweat. Sometimes life is not fair, Buffaloes head coach Mike MacIntyre said. Colorado trailed by 17 points entering the fourth quarter, but made it a 10- point game two minutes in as Bryce Bobo caught a 38-yard score from Liufau. After a three-and-out from UCLA, the Buffaloes found the end zone again as it was Bobo again on a 3-yard score to cap an eight-play, 64-yard drive with 7:52 to play. UCLA again punted, but Marcus Rios picked off Liufau. Colorados defense held, though, and the offense got the ball back with under three minutes to play in regulation. A defensive holding on third down gave the Buffaloes a fresh set of downs, and the team got three straight first downs thanks to a 12-yard catch from D.D. Goodson and runs of 12 and 11 yards from Tony Jones. Oliver hit a 35-yard field goal with 36 seconds left to force overtime. UCLAs first offensive snap of the game saw the team find success, as Perkins took a handoff 92 yards for a score and a quuick 7-0 lead just over two minutes in. Bernie Williams Yankees Jersey. 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The Buffaloes came back with another touchdown, as Adkins took a handoff 17 yards into the end zone to make it a 10-point game with 1:46 to play in the half. A fumble by Hundley saw Colorado recover at the UCLA 32 with a chance to cut further into the deficit before the half. However, Goodson was unable to get out of bounds on a reception to keep the clock running. Colorado hurried to the line and tried to get a snap off, but a false start penalty ran off the rest of clock. It stayed a 10-point game late through the third quarter until the Bruins added to their lead thanks to a 3-yard touchdown run from Myles Jack. Game Notes Colorado defensive back Tedric Thompson was taken off the field on a stretcher with his head and neck immobilized in the first overtime. He had movement in his arms and appeared to have movement in his legs ... Colorado hosts Washington next week ... UCLA hosts Arizona next week ... UCLA has won four straight against Colorado and leads the series, 8-2 ... 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