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Steven Stamkos scored 60 goals with a bum shoulder

Apr 10, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

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When Steve Stamkos notched his 60th goal the other night, he did something that only 19 other players had done in NHL history. What we didn’t know about Stamkos going into his run at 60 is that it’s more impressive he pulled it off than you think.

Stamkos tells the Tampa Tribune that he spent most of the final month of the season playing with a bad shoulder.

Stamkos does not know the injury occurred, but admitted he nearly missed the game against Carolina on March 10. He scored his 49th and 50th goals in the next game and finished with 10 more over the final 13 games to reach 60 for the season.

So not only was he carrying the team virtually by himself, he was doing it while injured? Steven Stamkos has big, brass ones. Given the torrid pace he closed the season with, it makes you wonder if Stamkos even felt anything at all. I know we’ll call Stamkos a “scoring machine” but he may actually be bionic if he’s able to withstand a bum shoulder with how he plays.

Stamkos is getting a MRI done on the shoulder to see if it’s badly hurt. If everything comes up clean, expect Stamkos to play for Team Canada at the World Championships in May.

  1. Stiller43 - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Does it count as carrying the team if the team isnt very good?

    I’d say he was doin his thing (and doing it very well), but you cant say youre carrying groceries just because youre dragging them across the pavement. You actually have to lift them up off the ground to “carry” them.

  2. gotampabay52 - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    He is the best right now

    • johnguelff - Apr 10, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      correction: the best goal scorer..

  3. hairpie - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Great player. Much tougher than i thought. I couldnt believe he came back in Game7 vs the B’s last year after the puck to the face. No one in any other sport comes back from that, football included.

  4. lsxphotog - Apr 10, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Everyone says he’s the best goal scorer, as a way to discredit his overall game. I find it funny because yes, he is the best goal scorer in the league. I think he has proven that for the past three seasons. Last time I checked, scoring goals was the only way you can win a game…everyone neglects to comment on his terrific two-way play which is some of the best of any center in the league. He has the makings of being a captain and is already a leader for his squad. I’ve never once seen him whine to a ref or complain to the media. I’ve also watched him stick up for his teammates and has no problem getting in someone’s face if they’re getting a little too aggressive. Oh, and he never takes a dumb penalty. So don’t say “goal scorer” everytime there is a post pointing out his level of play. He’s going to be the best player in the league here in a few seasons…that I think is a fact. He hung neck-and-neck with Crosby on his SECOND NHL SEASON on a much worse team than they have now…so STFU people.

    That being said, sucks that they didn’t make the playoffs. Tampa will need to dig deep next year if they want to make a stab at the league’s best. They’ll need to actually care about winning EVERY game, not just the big ones against big opponents.

  5. hartsy19 - Apr 11, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    Test post, trying to see if I got blocked.

    Stamkos is unreal.

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