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Monday, April 2, 2012

Stamkos’ 57th and Incredible 58th Goal - Videos

Tonight the Lightning played their final home game of the season as they hosted the Capitals. It was an extremely important game for the Caps since they hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and were only two points in front of the Sabres. It was also a big game for Steven Stamkos since he was four goals shy of 60 with four games to play.

The Lightning were up 2-1 with 3:17 left in the third when Jason Chimera of the Caps scored his 20th to tie it up. With just over one minute left in the third, the Lightning had the puck in the Caps zone and Stamkos positioned himself in front of the goaltender (Neuvirth) while Martin St. Louis controlled the puck off to the side of the net and passed it to Lee at the right point, and Lee then passed it to Clark on the left point who in turn fired a shot at the net. The rebound ended-up in front of Stamkos who banged it home for his 57th goal of the year! The Caps pulled Neuvirth with less than one minute left and were able to get the puck into the Lightning zone and a tipped shot on Roloson; but, then the puck was cleared and Stamkos gathered it on the right side near center and skated up ice. As he was entering the Caps zone he received a body-check which knocked him off balance, but as he went to his knees along the boards he was able to corral the puck and wrist a sharp-angled shot at the net—one that miraculously went in and with just one second left in the game! He celebrated but was not sure if he scored before the time had expired and had to check with his teammates; and, still in shock, Stamkos had to ask the ref if the goal counted. Stamkos was one happy guy to have scored his 58th of the year, and when interviewed on the ice afterwards he was very humble and thankful. Stamkos will have three games to get two more goals to reach 60, and those games will be on the road against the Canadiens, Leafs and Jets.

If Stamkos gets 60 goals he will join the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Mike Bossy, Mario Lemieux, Jari Kurri, Teemu Selanne, Phil Esposito, Steve Yzerman, Jaromir Jagr, Brett Hull, Bernie Nicholls, Luc Robitaille, Dennis Maruk, Alex Ovechkin, Guy Lafleur, Alexander Mogilny, Pavel Bure, Steve Shutt, Lanny Mcdonald and Reggie Leach.

You can watch Stamkos’ 57th and incredible 58th goal by clicking the following link to youtube.
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TJ Stanley