It took Steve Stamkos until his 35th game of the season last year to score his 20th goal. By the end of the year, Stamkos finished in a tie with Sidney Crosby for the league-lead with 51 goals. This season, it only took Stamkos until his 21st game of the year to notch his 2oth goal of the season, which came tonight against the Boston Bruins as the Lightning skated to a 3-1 victory.
Stamkos currently leads all NHL players with 35 points. His 20 goals makes him tops in the league in total goals scored while Sidney Crosby and Alexander Semin are tied for the next highest goal total with 14 a piece with Rick Nash barely trailing with 13 goals on the season. Compared to Stamkos, Alexander Ovechkin and his 10 goals are barely on the radar.
Many hockey pundits are already predicting that Stamkos could be the first player since the early 1990’s to score 50 goals in 50 games. Brett Hull was the last player to officially accomplish that feat during the 1991-92 season when he scored 50 goals in his first 50 games of the season with the St. Louis Blues. Mario Lemieux tallied 50 goals in his first 48 games during the 1995-96 season, which was actually the team’s 72nd game, making him the last player to officially or unofficially accomplish the feat.
At this point, Stamkos is on pace to register over 70 goals this season – something that has not been accomplished since Teeamu Selanne and Alexander Mogilny both tallied 76 goals in the 1992-93 season. In fact, Alexander Ovechkin is the only person to score 60 or more goals in a single season in the past decade when he scored 65 in 2007-08.