The NHL continued to summarize the last decade for the league and yesterday, they released the roster of the All-Decade Second Team. Steven Stamkos is the only Lightning player to be named along with Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara from the Boston Bruins, Evgeni Malkin from the Pittsburgh Penguins, Erik Karlsson from the San Jose Sharks and Henrik Lundqvist from the New York Rangers.
During the 2010s, Stamkos played in 662 games, scoring 363 goals and 356 assists. With 719 points, he ranks fifth over that timespan in the league, behind only Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and Claude Giroux. He’s also second in goals, 44 goals ahead of John Tavares despite playing about 80 games less due to several injuries.
Over the last decade, Steven Stamkos has broken a handful of franchise records and now leads the Lightning in goals (411), power play goals (153), hat-tricks (9), and was deservedly named a captain in 2014. Last year Geo wrote a brilliant article on why we should value Steven Stamkos as the best shooter of the salary cap era.
If he remains healthy, he will play his 800th regular season game with the Lightning logo on his chest in February.
The NHL All-Star
The NHL held the All-Star Skills Competition on Friday night in St. Louis. Andrei Vasilevskiy and Victor Hedman were the only Lightning players who participated last night.
Vasilevskiy earned second place in the Save Streak challenge. He made nine saves, but that wasn’t enough to win as Jordan Binnington posted ten consecutive saves and won the competition. Despite losing, Vasy made the highlight save of the night, which you will see a lot on hockey twitter for the next couple of weeks.
Andrei Vasilevskiy not taking the skills competition off pic.twitter.com/HUAfLAiX6W— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) January 25, 2020
Victor Hedman participated in the Hardest Shot challenge and ranked as the fourth in this competition. His first shot attempt registered 97.3 mph, improving to 102.1 mph on his second shot. Shea Weber took the title for the fourth time in his career, registering 106.5 mph.
One of the best thing that happened last night was the 3-on-3 exhibition game between women’s teams from Canada and USA. Canada won that historical game 2-1. Melodie Daoust and Rebecca Johnston scored for team Canada and Hilary Knight scored the only goal for team USA. Canadian goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens deserves a special mention here as she made 15 stops and earned a victory for her team.
Marie-Philip Poulin and Hilary Knight were also voted to participate in the NHL Shooting Stars competition. It’s a brand new contest where players shoot the puck from an elevated platform to a target that is placed on the ice. Patrick Kane became the first player to win this challenge.
hilary knight gets a bouncer for 4 points and hits the 10 point arch on her final shot for 14 points. knight is relieved while panko is pumped pic.twitter.com/CcaxLFytGA— The Ice Garden (@TheIceGarden) January 25, 2020
After winning the Fastest Skater challenge in his first three appearances, Connor McDavid couldn’t win in for the fourth time in a row, losing to Matthew Barzal who recorded a time of 13.175 seconds on his run.
Absolute wheels from Mathew Barzal to win Fastest Skater pic.twitter.com/RKG2CqZBQP— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) January 25, 2020
In the Accuracy Shooting challenge, Jaccob Slavin from the Carolina Hurricanes took home first place, after hitting all targets in 9.505 seconds
The Lightning Organization
The Syracuse Crunch lost in a seven-round shootout against the Binghamton Devils. They are currently in sixth place in the North Division, two points behind the Laval Rocket sitting in fourth place