Steven Stamkos is doing pretty well with the Tampa Bay Lightning this season. He quietly hit the record of 600 points during Saturday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. "In the wake of their 7-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins three milestones were achieved. Steven Stamkos reached 600 career points (in 595 games) and became the Tampa Bay Lightning’s all-time leader in power-play goals." [Raw Charge]
"It almost seems fitting, then, that Stamkos scored his 600th regular-season point during the Lightning’s 7-1 beatdown of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Even so, it’s resounding that – with all Stamkos has been through – he’s at that level at 27, and he’s done so in 595 games." [NBC]
You think the 7-1 win was the best part of last night?— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) October 23, 2017
Welcome home, Alexander! Thank you for all you do. pic.twitter.com/FWx2RG5sim
I was at the game and this moment was, indeed, lovely. The Tampa Bay Lightning Gives Navy Family Sweet Reunion. "Buettell set up the surprise to make his parents’ night, and touched a lot of hearts in the process. With the Tamba Bay Lightning to help him, Buettell got the heartwarming reunion that he deserved." [Sports Quotient]
Bay Bolts went to the 25th anniversary celebration at Expo Hall, and wrote about it. The Original Home of the Lightning: 25 Years Later— “This past weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the Lightning’s 25th Anniversary celebration held at their original stomping grounds, the Expo Hall in the Florida State Fairgrounds. The 10,425 seat exhibition hall served as the home of the Lightning for one season, its inaugural 1992-93 season.” [Bay Bolts]
Stamkos, Kucherov powering Lightning's fast start. "Stamkos and Kucherov began another big night when they combined on a goal 1:36 into the Lightning's 7-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday at Amalie Arena" [NHL.com]
Shame on the sites that wrote up the fake news. It's rare that Snopes has to debunk any bullshit about hockey, but they did in this case: Was a Black Hockey Player Fired For Raising His Fist During the National Anthem? "Disreputable web sites regurgitated a "satirical" story about J.T. Brown's silent protest against extrajudicial killings by police." [Snopes]
Vladislav Namestnikov is Lightning's top-line 'secret'. "Namestnikov, the Lightning's first-round draft pick (27th overall) in 2011, is quietly having a great start to the season with three goals and 10 points in the first nine games." [Tampa Bay Times]
Mikhail Sergachev — is he up or down? If he shows up in tomorrow night’s game, we’ll know. Until then, drop news down below in comments if you see anything.
We hope you kick this one hard, Brian!
Syracuse Crunch's most complete effort of season pays off with win over Springfield. "Syracuse Crunch rookie goalie Connor Ingram recorded his first career pro win Saturday against Springfield." Go Connor go! [Syracuse.com]
Ingram on his first pro win: “It took a little while, but it’s exciting. It’s a big day and something I’ll remember for a long time." pic.twitter.com/OqtjQprOG3— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) October 22, 2017
We'll have our Crunch Corner out later, but until then, you can read this winning recap. Crunch snap 3-game skid with 4-1 win over Thunderbirds: "With three seconds remaining in the game, Bournival added an empty net goal off assists from Lynch and Anthony Cirelli to secure victory." [Local Syr]
Here’s where Hardev usually posts his highlight of the night, but Sunday had exactly one NHL game — Vancouver vs. Detroit (Detroit lost) — and I didn’t find it very spectacular. What’s your choice for highlight of the weekend?