The Bolts’ captain tallied 3 points in a decisive 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings last night in sunny Florida. His first point of the night was the 900th he has registered as a member of the Lightning.
How impressive is 900 points with one franchise? Only two Toronto Maple Leafs have ever surpassed 900 in a Blue and White uni and they’ve been around since the dawn of time. Conversely, the New York Rangers only lay claim to two 900 or more point getters throughout their lengthy history.
St. Louis becomes the first Bolt to hit 900 with the franchise. Offseason buyout Vincent Lecavalier was only 26 points shy of the milestone, one he may enjoy if he ever returns to Tampa in his glory days, a few years down the road.
Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos is well on his way to 900 with the organization. His current total is 395, and he’s only twenty-three.
St. Louis’ career began a little later than most, his rookie season occurring at the age of twenty-four. However, he made ground in the points category by winning a few scoring titles. The Lightning legend has won the Art Ross twice, which is one more time than Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin.
Marty is an ageless wonder. At thirty-seven, he became the oldest player to ever lead the NHL in points by season’s end, and he accomplished the memorable feat in an NHL era where youth reigns supreme.
The right winger’s career point total stands at 922. Only 78 more until he hits 1,000 – an even more impressive milestone. Tampa’s number 26 should reach four digits this season if the pace he has set for himself holds up. Through 6 games of action, St. Louis has earned 10 points, placing him 2nd in NHL scoring at the moment.