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Lightning’s St. Louis takes over NHL scoring lead

Apr 24, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

Martin St. Louis recorded the hat trick Wednesday, as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the playoff-bound Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 5-2.

And with that, St. Louis, who turns 38 years of age on June 18 and is listed at 5’8″ tall, now leads the National Hockey League in scoring.

St. Louis is now up to 16 goals and a league-leading 58 points on the season. In that statistical category, he surpasses Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby, who hasn’t played since suffering a broken jaw on March 30 against the New York Islanders.

Steven Stamkos, who recorded a goal and assist Wednesday against the Leafs, moves into a tie with Crosby at 56 points.

  1. virusgvr - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Well yeah… You said it… Crosby hasn’t played since the broken jaw. It’s a process of elimination in you shut down St. Louis for the season and Stamkos and Crosby came back tomorrow (which isn’t happening) then Crosby would be the leader in points.

    • bman7206 - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:40 AM

      What’s your point?

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      This is why everyone hates pens fans, you completely ruined this article

  2. xavier46 - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Congrats to Marty. I’m sure he would rather be in the post-season, though.

    It took 25 days for someone to overtake Sid for the points lead. Regardless of whether you like or hate the Pens, that is amazing.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:02 AM

      Nice achievement for St. Louis. Some historical context: at almost 38 he’s averaging about 1.26 pts/game. In 1969, at age 41, Gordie Howe averaged 1.36 pts./game, though he placed 3rd that year behind Phil Esposito and Bobby Hull. Coincidentally, Howe’s Wings also missed the playoffs that year.

  3. davidsmj22 - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Go St. Louis.. Would literally rather see anyone else other than Cindy win the scoring race

  4. bringbackthevipers - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Nice work St. Louis. Sorry that a bunch of d-bags aren’t going to give you your credit because you stayed healthy and Crosby didn’t.

    • bgrillz - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      It took a freak accident to take Crosby out. If it hadn’t happen he and Stamkos wouldn’t even be within sight of catching Crosby.Even if he averaged a point a game, they would still be like 10-12 points behind him. Stop with all this idiotic I hate Cindy crap. It’s tired, and it’s garbage.

  5. gotampabay52 - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    f the pens and fragile crosby

    • drone501 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      hey idiot. you missed the playoffs again.

      • 19to77 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:30 AM

        With two of the three top scorers in the League, no less. What the hell is wrong with your team? There’s no excuse to suck that badly with those two leading the charge.

      • bman7206 - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:41 AM

        Fragile little Sidney…

    • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      “Fragile”? Name a single player who gets a slapshot to the face and doesn’t miss a significant amount of time? It’s not fragility – its an accident.

      • C.P. - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        um… Steven Stamkos – 2011 Playoffs vs the Bruins.

        http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2011/05/27/video-steven-stamkos-takes-a-puck-to-his-face-barely-misses-any-time/

      • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Nose and Jaw are very different, but point taken. With that said, had Stamkos missed time I doubt he would have been characterized as fragile (which was my primary point anyway).

  6. rushledger - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Crosby haters make me sick. Don’t know how you can go through life with some much hate and spite, whatever, disgusting.

    • drone501 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      got to admit, they are a sick bunch.

    • tcclark - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      Yes, let’s just love everybody. Rivalries in sports are stupid anyway…… moron

      • bgrillz - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:54 AM

        There is a difference between love and respect. The comments daily about Crosby are classless, and baseless. It’s just a snapshot of society today. The internet has given voices to whiny, frustrated little children, and they can voice that opinion from the safety of their mom’s basement or crumby studio apartment.

      • tcclark - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:57 AM

        And so we’re supposed to respect everyone? Or are we supposed to respect someone because they can play hockey really well? I will agree that many of the comments about crosby are childish and the names like “Cindy” or “Crosbaby” are just stupid, but to call all of the comments on here baseless is just ignorant. There are plenty of people on here that hate Crosby because they don’t respect him as a player. As a Flyers fan, I have to hate everyone that plays for the Rangers. They’re some of our biggest rivals, and I love to see them lose, but a guy like Ryan Callahan gets my respect far more than Sidney Crosby. Callahan lays his health on the line every game and consistently gets down to block shots. He plays for the team and not for himself. Crosby plays scared much of the time. He is more talented than anyone else, but when I watch him take cheap shots, or hold on to his stick when the other guy is dropping the gloves, you lose all of my respect. He just doesn’t play hockey with the toughness you need to deserve mine (and others) respect. you want to see a guy he got my respect throughout his career? Watch the video of Sami Kapanen getting nailed against Toronto in the playoffs. He has a concussion, but stumbles his way back to the bench so Roenick can hit the ice and score the game winner. Sami Kapanen played the next game. Crosby would be out for the year.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:56 AM

      I do clearly recall Kings fans filling the Forum with the chant “Gretz-ky-sucks” etc. Then he was traded to LA and became their god.

  7. stakex - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Staying healthy and being able to play games is part of being an NHL player. Sure, its not Crosby’s fault he can’t play, but still…. he can’t play. Hell, Mario Lemieux might have been able to make a run at some of Gretzkys records if not for his health problems, but the ability to stay healthy is part of the game. There is no “Well, if he was healthy…”, becuase hes not.

    So good for St. Louis. Whats going on with Crosby doesn’t matter one bit, and it doesn’t take a damn thing away from him.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      Let me preface this by saying that I love Marty St. Louis. If it isn’t going to be a Pens, there is NO ONE in the NHL I’d rather see win the Art Ross that Marty St. Louis. Great player with an amazing story who plays the game the right way.

      With that being said, I think you’re painting the injuries to both Lemieux and Crosby in a little bit of an unfair light here; saying that these guys couldn’t “stay healthy” makes it sound like if they were other players who were tougher or in better shape that this wouldn’t happen. These weren’t guys who kept missing 7-10 days because of a bunch of shoulder or knee injuries – that I would consider to be someone who has durability issues. Crosby took a deflected puck to the face – doesn’t matter who you are or how durable/tough you are, that’s going to knock you out for a series of games. As for Lemieux…. he had cancer. Not exactly a durability issue there either.

      Again, I don’t think there should be an asterisk next to Marty’s Art Ross or anything like that because that’s ridiculous – again happy he will (in all likelihood) win the Art Ross. I’m just saying that saying Sidney just couldn’t “stay healthy” is kind of a superficial way of looking at it.

  8. malkinrulez - Apr 24, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    All that matters is the cup , I’m sure Sid would agree.

    • bman7206 - Apr 25, 2013 at 6:42 AM

      Pens first round exit.

    • dmacirish - Apr 25, 2013 at 8:00 AM

      as much as i agree with you on the statement, i highly doubt you would be singing the exact same tune if crosby would win the points race even while he was injured.

  9. 19to77 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Just reminding everyone that Calgary let Marty walk for nothing – because who needs a Hart-winning playmaker on a line with a Rocket Richard winner anyway?

    • chanceoffleury1 - Apr 25, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      Honestly, the more I think about St. Louis’ story the more I shake my head in amazement. It really is crazy how successful he’s been. I mean, the guy isn’t even just “good”, he’s a freaking legend! HOF lock for sure. One of the most underrated underdog stories in sports. I moved to Tampa a couple years ago and it’s crazy the number of people I encounter who don’t even know who he is.

      Fun little fact: The current Top 6 points leaders are 4 number one overalls and 2 undrafted players in their mid-late 30s. Makes you wonder how many great players the league has missed out on over the years after teams didn’t draft them or they gave up when they didn’t impress right out of college. But I guess that’s part of what makes players like that so great: they have more perseverance then the average human mind can probably even fathom.

  10. vanindeed - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    St. Louis has been awesome for a long time. That is why Tampa signed him until he is 39

  11. sportsfreak13 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Only took 3 and a half weeks. Players only care about one trophy. This isn’t that trophy. Still good for St. Louis, his story is a great one. Nice consolation prize for the fans of a team going through a rough patch this year.

  12. spavs412 - Apr 25, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Glad it was Marty, couldn’t ask for a better scoring leader besides Sid. And all you haters need to get real. There’s nothing sid could do to avoid that injury. Look getting a puck to the face is a part of hockey ask Staal. What Sid has done this season is nothing short of amazing.

  13. georgejarkko - Apr 25, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    So are Penguins fans saying that along with math, the Art Ross Trophy should be canceled this year? Because regardless of how far ahead of St. Louis Crosby was when he got injured, Marty seems very likely to finish the season with more points.

    Isn’t that how it works?

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