Steven Stamkos empty-net goal on Tuesday night amounted to a very big number: it was his 150th career goal scored in his fourth NHL season. That is a monumental feat and hard to put in context compared to the first four seasons of some of the NHL's legendary goal scorers. While he's no Gretzky or Lemieux, Steven's goal scoring numbers are better than one of his contemporaries (Sidney Crosby - 132) and well behind another (Alex Ovechkin - 219) by comparison.
Earlier, versus the Washington Capitals last Friday, Stamkos also reached the 30 goal plateau for the third consecutive season. He is only the third Tampa Bay Lightning player to amass three consecutive 30-goal seasons. Who else would have more but Martin St. Louis (four consecutive seasons from 2002-03 until 2006-07) and captain Vincent Lecavalier (five consecutive seasons from 2002-03 until 2007-08)?
While we're talking production, Stamkos is 20 assists shy of notching a third consecutive 40+ assist season. St. Louis has a five consecutive season streak of 40+ assists, and he is a scant 13 assists away at current from making it six consecutive seasons (since 2006-07). Lecavalier had a three season streak from 2005-06 until 2007-08, while Vaclav Vinny Prospal had 3 (...if you don't count his single season in Anaheim between years 2 and 3). Brad Richards has the longest 40+ assist streak in team history, having accomplished it every season he had been with the Lightning -- six consecutive seasons. His final season with the Bolts saw him notch 42 assists when you combine his 33 with the Bolts and nine scored with the Dallas Stars.
So, a belated congratulations to Stamkos on his accomplishment. Stay tuned for more feats from #91.