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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Stamkos — 55 Goals and Counting

Steven Stamkos scored his 53rd goal this past Monday, March 26th against the Flyers and it gave him the team’s all-time single-season goal record. Previously, Vincent Lecavalier held the record with 52 goals (which he registered in the 2006-2007 season).

The following day the Lightning visited Boston and Stamkos netted his 54th and 55th goals in a 5-2 loss. The Lightning still have six games left and Stamkos will try for 60, however, Lightning coach Guy Boucher is not basing his decisions on Stamkos’ goal total since he has not had Stamkos on the ice for all of the empty net opportunities in the last couple of weeks—a brutal coach considering the Lightning are out of the playoffs and also due to the fact that Stamkos has the third best plus-minus on the team (plus-4) next to Purcell (plus-11) and Bergeron (plus-6). Stamkos’ teammates are treating the situation a little differently because they are trying to feed Stamkos at every opportunity.

You can view Stamkos’ 54th goal by clicking the following link. It is a beautiful wrist shot that he riffled past Tim Thomas and off the post.

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TJ Stanley