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Steven Stamkos scores 900th career point in 2-1 Lightning win over Senators

The “Tampa Bay Find-A-Ways” win again!

Ottawa Senators v Tampa Bay Lightning
TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 16: Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates the win against the Ottawa Senators at Amalie Arena on December 16, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.
Photo by Mark LoMoglio/NHLI via Getty Images

Victor Hedman finished with a goal and an assist in a Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night. Alex Killorn scored the first of two goals in the second period and that was all the Bolts needed to put away the Sens. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 25 of 26 shots for the win. Ross Colton also had a great night, setting up Killorn with a great play. Taylor Raddysh also got an assist on Hedman’s game-winning goal for his ninth point after a slow start to the season.

In the win, captain Steven Stamkos earned his 900th career point and got a standing ovation from the home crowd for the achievement. He’s on 53 points behind Martin St. Louis for the franchise record in points, which he can probably get within the next year or so. And at only 31 years old, there’s a good chance he’ll be the first player in franchise history to hit 1000 points with the team.

In terms of how Stamkos got his points, the renowned sniper has scored 452 goals and 448 assists in his career. Almost a perfect split. And considering you get two assists for every goal scored, this shows just how good of a goal scorer Stamkos is.

In terms of the game, it was a smooth-sailing effort for the Lightning, who were ahead in shots pretty much the whole game, before closing out the night with a strong possession third period. The Senators did score first, a first period goal from Thomas Chabot off a turnover from Ryan McDonagh, but the Lightning got that goal back and took the lead in the second and didn’t look too bothered at all.

First Period

0-1

It was a relatively quiet first period after that moment. The biggest chance for the Lightning might’ve been Cirelli’s shot attempt from the slot after a centering pass, but he couldn’t quite get the puck to settle and Batherson was there to steal the puck anyway.

Second Period

1-1

Killorn! Ross Colton made an incredible play on this Killorn goal early in the second period, taking the puck from Hedman at the offensive blue line, shooting past Tkachuk who was too high, and then dancing around Chabot before feeding Killorn for a tap-in. Hedman, who started the play, drove the net and took two guys with him away from the net as he was pushed down. Hedman has been such an important offensive player for the Lightning.

2-1

Speak of the devil, 10 minutes later Hedman got a goal for himself to give the Lightning the lead! On the power play, Raddysh and Stamkos were battling in the corner to win the puck back. Raddysh did end up getting the puck back to Hedman at the point, where the big defenseman looked up and....saw nothing in front of him. So he cautiously skated in the open space, wound up for a shot, realized he could get closer, wound up again, and finally cracked a shot along the surface of the ice through the five-hole of Forsberg in net.

Third Period

Colton nearly scored on the empty net with about 15 seconds to go, but he missed just wide. Alas, Lightning win!