In Monday night’s President’s Trophy-clinching game against the Arizona Coyotes, Steven Stamkos set a Tampa Bay Lightning franchise record for goals, with 384 in 737 games played. This beats the record set by Vincent Lecavalier of 383 goals in 1,037 games.
Read about the game in the recap! Then come back and appreciate Stamkos’s moment.
Steven Stamkos becomes the Lightning’s all-time leading goal scorer [NHL.com]
The milestone marker wasn’t the typical goal we’re used to seeing from Stamkos but was just as beautiful nonetheless. Ryan McDonagh lined up a shot from the left point and tried to squeeze the puck on target through traffic in front of the net. Stamkos was one of those bodies battling for positioning and was able to outmuscle his defender to get a stick on McDonagh’s shot and tip it past Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper at 6:54 of the opening period.
Photos: Lightning Steven Stamkos scores and sets record [TampaBay.com, paid content]
Times Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) beats Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper (35) to score he first goal of the game and sets the Lightning franchise goal record with his 384th career goal, during first period action at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Monday evening, March 18, 2019.
We see you eyeing up TyJo, Seattle: Spokane native Tyler Johnson and his record-paced Lightning know they haven’t won a thing yet [Seattle Times]
So, even though the onetime Spokane Chiefs junior star now earns millions not only playing in the NHL, but for one of its best regular season teams of all-time, there’s no need to remind Johnson he hasn’t yet won anything.
“I totally had him glove side.” @martel2626 & @domingue35 getting in on the #WFFDribble action today!— x - Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) March 18, 2019
We’re pumped to host the #WFinalFour at @amaliearena alongside #TeamTampaBay. pic.twitter.com/NPWmm2wWGs
This is a...cool angle on the usual “How does TBL keep their ice cold” story: Tampa Bay’s Alison Murdock, the only woman to drive a Zamboni full time in the NHL, is a smooth operator [ESPN]
”The surface temperature must be between 20 and 24 degrees,” she says, noting that glycol (antifreeze) lines under the ice, the arena’s air-cooling system and large HVAC dehumidifiers keep things from getting too dank. “Our biggest issue is that when the doors open and there’s a rush of people, the humidity really goes up. But the building is meant to handle it.”
Boop. Tampa Bay Lightning call up defenseman Cameron Gaunce from Syracuse Crunch [Raw Charge]
This is Gaunce’s second call-up of the season as he previously spent just under two weeks with the team at the end of October into early November. He did not appear in a game during that span. If not for the emergence of Erik Cernak on the blue line as a very capable player, Gaunce may have had other opportunities for recall and to get into the lineup as well. As it is, Gaunce will serve as the seventh defenseman, assuming that no one else is injured.
Solar Bears Week in Review: Putting up a Fight [Raw Charge]
This week had a little bit of everything for the Orlando Solar Bears as they continued their push towards a Kelly Cup playoff berth. There was a rally against the first place team in the South Division, an offensive explosion against one of the top goaltenders in the ECHL, and a lot of time spent in the penalty box.
Daniel Walcott is in a blue practice jersey, back on Syracuse ice!
Hard to argue with this one:
Records getting set all over the place:
In “who cares” news, Thomas Wilson sounds off about his routine. The rest of the article is good, though. Behind the scenes before an NHL game, players find their routine [NBC Sports]
“I do pretty much the same thing every game day. I think a lot of guys do,” Capitals forward Tom Wilson said. “There’s no surprises. You know what game days look like, you know where you’re going to be, what you’re going to be doing. At this point in your career you’ve found out what works for you.”
Sometimes I am glad he’s no longer our prodigal son:
Community of Allan renames skating rink after fallen Humboldt Broncos captain [Panow.com]
Logan’s dad Kelly said the renaming of the rink means a lot to him and his family.
“You often wonder if he is going to stay remembered as time goes on, now you know he will be somewhat,” Kelly said. “It’s there forever.”
Logan lost his life nearly one year ago in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 16 people and injured 13 others north of Tisdale.