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Stamkos should get lots of chances to reach 60

Apr 5, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

Stamkos scores

Steven Stamkos couldn’t ask for two better opponents to close out the season as his quest to score 60 nears an end. Tonight, the Lightning are in Toronto, Saturday they’re in Winnipeg.

Stamkos only needs two more goals to get to 60 – a number that hasn’t been reached since 2007-08 when Alex Ovechkin managed 65 – and he should get plenty of scoring chances against the Leafs and Jets. The former ranks 29th in goals allowed (3.16 GA/G), the latter 26th (2.91 GA/G).

The Leafs are also dreadful at killing penalties, as are the Jets. And we all know how dangerous No. 91 is on the power play.

Of course, with the Leafs’ playoff hopes still making their way through the sewer system after being flushed in February and March, coach Randy Carlyle would love nothing more than to shut down Stamkos and get at least something out of tonight’s game.

“Everybody knows he’s got the 58 goals and you know where he likes to be,” Carlyle said, as per Sportsnet. “The one thing he doesn’t shy away from is the work ethic and being first on pucks. You’ve got to know where he is on the ice, and that’s going to be a task for us to keep him silenced in our building.”

  1. gotampabay52 - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Go get em kid Go BOLTS
    91 is the MVP period

    • govtminion - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      He’s got a case for it, but it’s hard to pick a league MVP who goes golfing in round 1. Hardly his fault, of course, but bottom line is that with Tampa missing the playoffs that hurts his cause. At this point I’d have to say it’s going to be Malkin, though I’d personally vote for Mike Smith.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 5, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      i understand because of your screen name and your loyalties…but stamkos is well behind malkin and even lundquist for the mvp. i would even put giroux ahead of him.

  2. cup0pizza - Apr 5, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Best player in the NHL, easy.

    • jpelle82 - Apr 5, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      best goal scorer in the nhl, yes

  3. lsxphotog - Apr 5, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    It would be interesting to see him get 60. He was on a killer pace last year, it’s a shame he didn’t get the Rocket trophy and slowed after the All-Star break. He’s has been raised in the NHL by one of the most consistent players in the game, St. Louis. So it’s no surprise that he’s developed so quickly. I cannot wait to see how far he can take his leadership skills and hopefully become the captain and face of the franchise after Vinny and Marty are retired. He still has a long career ahead of him.

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