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Steven Stamkos in search of 60

4/5/2012
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With 58 goals and two games to play, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos has a chance to become the 20th player in NHL history to record 60 goals in a season.

He would be the first player to do it since Alex Ovechkin scored 65 goals in 2007-08. And, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, Stamkos would be the first player from one the 12 franchises that have entered the league since the 1979 WHA merger to score 60 goals in a season.

But in recent years, 60 goals has been a difficult benchmark to reach after being a regular occurrence for more than a decade.

There was at least one 60-goal scorer for 14 straight seasons from 1981 to 1994, with the streak ending in the lockout shortened 1994-95 season.

The following year, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Mario Lemieux (69 goals) and Jaromir Jagr (62) reached the milestone. Since then, Ovechkin is the only player with a 60-goal season.

Jagr, Ovechkin and Teemu Selanne are the only active players with a 60-goal season.

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