I didn’t really know how much the scoring in the NHL took a hit until the stat was revealed that Tampa’s Steven Stamkos is just the 2nd player to score 60 or more goals in a season in almost 20 years. The other player is Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, who netted 65 in 2007-08.
I guess I was spoiled by growing up in the Gretzky era as scoring 50 goals was more common. Just between 1988-90, Mario Lemieux, Bernie Nicholls, Steve Yzerman (twice), and Brett Hull all hit the 60 mark. It’s hard to believe that only 2 players have done it just this century!
On the last game of the season, Stamkos got his chance as he netted the elusive 60th goal against the Winnipeg Jets. It’s a shame, though, as the Lightning are way out of the playoff race and will have to enjoy the scoring achievement on the golf course now.
Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos joined the NHL’s 60-goal club when he scored 3:29 into the third period of the Lightning’s season-ending game at Winnipeg on Saturday night.
Stamkos became the first player to reach 60 goals in a season since Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals did it four years ago when he flashed through the slot, took a pass from the right corner by Martin St. Louis and whipped a shot past Ondrej Pavelec.
Stamkos is the 20th player in NHL history to score 60 or more goals in a season. He and Ovechkin, who had 65 in 2007-08, are the only players to hit the 60-goal mark since Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr both did it in 1995-96. [via NHL.com]