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Top 2012: Stamkos gets No. 60

Dec 25, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

When Steven Stamkos potted his 60th goal in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s final game of the season, it capped off what’s become a rare feat in today’s NHL. And just for good measure, he did it with an injured shoulder.

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Sure we might remember when Alex Ovechkin scored 65 back in 2007-08 for the Capitals, but to find the next most recent 60-plus goal season, you have to go back to 1995-96 when Mario Lemieux buried 69 and his Pittsburgh teammate Jaromir Jagr got 62.

Had it not been for the lockout in 1994-95 that led to a shortened schedule, the NHL very well could’ve had 60-goal scorers each season from 1980-81 all the way til Lemieux’s 69-goal campaign. Now it’s only happened twice since then — an accomplishment Stamkos knows is rare.

At just 22 years old, Stamkos’ 60-goal season earned him a Hart Trophy nomination and leaves us wondering… can he score even more?

  1. rainyday56 - Dec 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Big deal. Ken Hitchcock said scoring goals doesn’t matter. And Ken Hitchcock is the greatest coach of all time. Ask him, he’ll tell you.

  2. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Dec 25, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    I won free tickets to a Rays game that very night, but I won’t lie, I was paying more attention to this game as I watched it on my phone. Fixed the stream just in time to see his 60th. Man I miss hockey.

  3. mattyo99 - Dec 25, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Still talking bout last yr!! I wonder y?

  4. blomfeld - Dec 25, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    *** 92 ***
    **********

    Until someone can match what the most prolific goal scorer of all time did back in 1981–82, then kindly “zip it” man and just put on another Sweet song for us … :)

  5. rca26 - Dec 25, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    As a Bolts fan, the idea of wasting a year of Stamkos’ career might be on top of the long list of what depresses me most about the lockout.

    • id4joey - Dec 25, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      Yep. The players are victims of their own stubbornness.

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