Steven Stamkos Hits 700 Points
A hat trick, a 700 points career personal best, and a 7-in-a-row victory sprint for your team. This is what happens when one finds one’s “groove”, according to Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper. Cooper was of course referring to star player Steven Stamkos, who played a lead-role in Lightning’s 6-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday night.
Thanks to his trilogy of points scored, Stamkos managed to become the first 2008-draft player to make it all the way to 700 points. What’s more, Stamkos scored his points from true power-play displays; displays that tied the game in the first as well as the second period. The hat trick marks the ninth of its kind of star center Stamkos’ career, and his first since October 2014, when he managed what would turn out to be his eighth and the last for quite some time when his team played against Montreal.
After the game a merry-mooded Stamkos quipped that he realized that it had been a while and that he did not wish to be reminded of exactly how long ago!
Joining The Tampa Bay 700’s Club
Whilst we’re on the topic of hat tricks and everything great happening in 3’s – Stamkos is now only the third Tampa Bay player ever to have reached (and surpassed!) the 700-point milestone marker. The other two players in the golden circle are Martin St. Louis (953) and Vincent Lecavalier (874). Seems like quite the groove if that’s what it’s like to be just now getting your groove on!
Stamkos has up until this point in his career managed to rack up 701 points during the course of 696 games.
Hats Off To Superb Team Efforts
As for the unbeatable Lightning, Tampa Bay cruised towards a victory on Monday. Anthony Cirelli took care of the other two TB goals, and Ryan McDonagh managed to secure a go-ahead goal. As for the saves, Louis Domingue stopped 23 NY shots short in their tracks.
It may appear as if New York were not actually playing along, but they were indeed part of the game too, and on their end of things it was Kevin Hayes and Jesper Fast who managed to squeeze a few goals out of a no-doubt laborious Monday evening. Henrik Lundqvist did his bit in order to limit his team’s damages, and stopped 30 shots short of adding to the growing embarrassment on the part of the Rangers.