Tampa, FL. – With his assist in the second goal from Victor Hedman, the winner of Thursday night’s 2-1 win over Ottawa at Amalie Arena, Steven Stamkos reach the plateau 900 points.
He became the second player to score 900 with Lightning. He, along with Martin St. Louis, who scored 953 points from 2000-01 to 2013-14.
The fact that Stamkos hit a major milestone at home makes things even sweeter.
“It was special,” he said of the standing ovation that came as his achievement was highlighted on the video board. “Anytime you can do anything like that at home to win in front of the fans, friends and family, it just gets so much more special.
While talking about 900, 31-year-old Stamkos looked a little further to 1,000.
“One hundred more would be a really nice[milestone]but you have to get to this to get there,” he said. “But like I said, it’s great to do it at home in front of the fans. (Their response) was certainly appreciated by me. ”
Stamkos and Hedman have played together since the latter entered the tournament in 2009-10. It is only appropriate when the defender is at the key milestone.
“It’s fitting for him to be a part of it,” Stamkos said. “We come a long way back and have been through a lot of milestones, a lot of ups and downs. There’s been a lot of ups and downs lately, so it’s great to get through that together. He’s obviously a great friend and a great teammate, so I’m glad he can be a part of it. ”
Stamkos’ 900th point comes a week after coach Jon Cooper scored his 400th win, which, like the old man’s total, all went to the Lightning.
“That’s a lot of points and it just sneaks with you,” said Cooper, who took over the team in March 2013 and has sat on the Tampa Bay bench with more than 500 points as his captain. “Nine hundred is a big number and to be able to do that says something about why he was the #1 pick overall (in 2008). But really go out there and do it for as long as he’s doing, especially now with a year he’s had, which is good for him. He deserves it. He’s hanging there and he’s reaping some rewards.”
Victory over the Senators was Lightning’s sixth in a row at Amalie. They won seven of eight overall to climb to first place in the Atlantic Division with 42 points.
A major reason for Tampa Bay’s recent string of successes is down to the play of Stamkos, who has at least one point in 11 of his last 12 games (4-12-16). He started the team’s three-game pre-Christmas trip, which started in Colorado on Saturday night, with 13 goals and 34 points, both team-leading numbers.
The Lightning returns home to play Montreal on December 28.
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