With the puck on the stick of Marty St. Louis along the left wing boards, just a couple of strides outside the opposing blue line, Steven Stamkos streaked up center ice. After receiving a perfect pass right in stride, the Tampa Bay Lightning star looked up as he entered the offensive zone, saw an open right side of the net and fired a wrist shot that rattled the twine behind Marty Turco at the 11:43 mark of the third period. As the red light lit up a split-second after reaching the back of the net, it signaled the second 50-goal season in the four-year career of the 22-year-old scoring sensation. With his two-goal performance in a 6-1 romp of the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins, Stamkos became just the sixth player in NHL history to record multiple 50-goal campaigns before the age of 23. The impressive list includes Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy, Joe Nieuwendyk and Alex Ovechkin.
Stamkos scores 50th, joins exclusive group as Bolts roll
Tampa Tribune | Mar 14