Skip to content

Video: Stamkos breaks Lightning season record with 53 goals

Mar 27, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

With 172 goals in his first 318 career regular season games, 22-year-old star Steven Stamkos seems primed to finish his career among the NHL’s greatest goal scorers. He already grabbed a piece of Tampa Bay Lightning franchise history in the process.

After fanning on a shot, Stamkos made no mistake about his second attempt, beating a hopeless Ilya Bryzgalov with just .6 seconds left in the second period of tonight’s 5-3 win to earn his league-leading 53rd goal of 2011-12. Stamkos isn’t just beefing up his Maurice Richard Trophy lead, though, as that tally gave him the Lightning’s single season goal-scoring record.

This video is no longer available. Click here to watch more NBC Sports videos!

It seems fitting that Stamkos broke Vincent Lecavalier‘s record (52 goals set in 2006-07) because in many ways, the 22-year-old has been the kind of player worthy of the hype that Lecavalier carried into the NHL.

That’s not to take away from Lecavalier’s own work, but Stamkos is shaping up to be the best center the club’s ever employed. (Beating out Martin St. Louis as the best overall forward would be an even bigger challenge, however, as the small winger has put up fantastic seasons even when Vinny and the rest of the team has been disappointing.)

Stamkos’ 53rd tally came on the power play, yet he’s made it clear that he can score more than just the faceoff circle one-timer that admittedly remains a fearsome play. Only 11 of his tallies have come on the man advantage this season, which provides evidence that Stamkos’ offensive game has plenty of dimensions.

That’s great news for a Bolts franchise that needs it and a scary thought for all the teams who must fathom the thought of dealing with 10 or more years of dangerous Stamkos snipes.

  1. stakex - Mar 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    No doubt Stamkos is the best goal scoere in the NHL right now, and its too bad for him the rest of the Lightning had a bad season this year. You never want to see the star players miss the playoffs.

    With that said, I do have to wonder how Stamkos would fair without St. Louis and Lecavalier on his line. I mean despite being a dissapointment, Lecavalier is still a top not settup guy as is St. Louis. Its much easier to put up 50 goals when you have a great supporting cast. I wonder how well he would do without them, which will always be the true test for him when/if that day comes.

Featured video

Bettman hears the boos in Philly
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. S. Crosby (1848)
  2. D. Roy (1504)
  3. R. Nash (1453)
  4. L. Stempniak (1422)
  5. M. Ribeiro (1365)
  1. D. Cleary (1314)
  2. B. Morrow (1224)
  3. B. Dubinsky (1214)
  4. V. Sobotka (1167)
  5. P. Subban (1124)