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Steven Stamkos becomes this season’s first 50-goal scorer

Mar 13, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

Steven Stamkos isn’t even 23 years old yet, but he already has a huge contract, hilarious hockey hair and two 50+ goal seasons. (Erik Erlendsson points out the historical significance of the accomplishment: only six NHL players have hit the 50-goal plateau at least two times.)

The elite forward took advantage of a dual disaster for Boston Bruins goalies Marty Turco and Tim Thomas, collecting tallies 49 and 50 in a 6-1 romp.

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Stamkos seemed primed to go toe-to-toe with Sidney Crosby for the Maurice Richard Trophy last season, but things fell apart for both players. Crosby had injury issues while Stamkos fought lesser ailments and inconsistency to “settle” for 45 goals in 2010-11. The talented sniper’s career-high is 51, which he set in 09-10, just his second season in the NHL. Overall, Stamkos has 169 goals in just 312 career regular season games.

Corey Perry was the only player to cross the 50-goal barrier last season and it’s hard to fathom this season generating multiple 50-goal scorers either. Here’s a look at the rest of the top five:

Evgeni Malkin: 38 goals, 14 games left
Marian Gaborik: 34 goals, 13 games left
Corey Perry: 34 goals, 13 games left
Phil Kessel: 34 goals, 12 games left

I hate to be the guy to doubt that elite club of talented players, but it’s tough to imagine anyone else ending up with 50 goals or more this season.

Pessimists might point to that fact while worrying about league-wide scoring, yet that only shines a brighter light on Stamkos’ all-world (and downright historic) sniping skills.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Such a beauty. 50 goals with the team on his back and he’s not even done yet.

  2. jpelle82 - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    hope he hits 60. nhl needs more goal scorers like this, its always a fun race to watch but it seems like he is in a league of his own these days

  3. lightningstrikes04 - Mar 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    One of the best players and people in the league continues to perform. I’m so lucky that I live in Tampa where I can watch him on a nightly basis. Number 50 was a great example what sets him apart and makes him great and he deserves it.

  4. lsxphotog - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Great to be in attendance for this…and to agitate the hell out of any and all Bruins fans who knew nothing about the game of hockey and were making stupid remarks.

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