Tuesday, 19 March, 2013 by The Hockey Daily.
Markham born NHL superstar Steven Stamkos scored his 200th career goal this evening against the Philadelphia Flyers, a team he has lit up regularly throughout his NHL career.
Stamkos becomes the 4th fastest player to hit the milestone behind Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Dale Hawerchuk who all achieved the mark in the high scoring 1980’s when goaltenders were small and team defence was a myth.
Stamkos’ scoring ability is unparalleled in the NHL. His lightning quick release catches even the sharpest goalies off guard and his ability to wire shots passed big, well positioned goaltenders borders on unbelievable. But it is believable because he keeps doing it.
The Hockey Daily has watched Stamkos closely throughout his NHL career. What is most impressive about the young man from Markham is that he has matured tremendously as a two-way player without a real decrease in point production. Typically when an NHL player becomes more defensively responsible their offensive production declines.
For Stamkos, tonight’s win over the Flyers was probably more important than the milestone goal. Stammer and his Lightning travel to Toronto for an important Thursday night match up against their future division mates, the Maple Leafs. It will be a big game for both teams who are looking to produce a streak of wins and solidify a spot in the playoffs.