Tampa Bay Lightning’s Steven Stamkos reaches 1,000 point milestone


Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos joined the 1,000-point club, hitting the mark in Thursday night’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Stamkos got his scoring run with a secondary assist on Nick Paul’s goal midway through the game’s second period to give the Lightning a 2-0 lead over the Flyers. He received the puck in the corner of the offensive zone on a cycle from Alex Killorn, then passed it behind the net to Ian Cole, who set up Paul for the goal with a pass in front of the net.

Stamkos becomes the second player to reach 1,000 points this season, after Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron got his 1,000 last week (also against the Lightning). Stamkos is the 95th player in NHL history to achieve this milestone, and the first player in Lightning franchise history to achieve this milestone, as Martin St. Louis achieved it after being traded to the Rangers from New York.

Stamkos also becomes the ninth active player in the league to reach 1,000 points, along with Bergeron, Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Kane, Evgeni Malkin, Anze Kopitar, Eric Staal and Nicklas Backstrom. Of those players, only Crosby, Malkin and Ovechkin have points per game above 1.06 for Stamkos, with whom Kane is also tied.

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The next closest active player to 1,000 points is Vegas Golden Knights winger Phil Kessel, who is at 35 points after an assist in Vegas’ game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.

The former Lightning first-round pick in 2008 played 944 career games with the team, scoring 494 goals and 506 assists for his 1,000 points. Stamkos is also having a strong start to the season this season, with 13 goals, 15 assists and 28 points in 23 games.


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