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60-goal season for Stamkos would be a first

April, 5, 2012
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Charles LeClaire/US PresswireThe Lightning's Steven Stamkos has two games left to reach 60 goals this season.

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 of the nine franchises that have entered the league since 1991 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.

Now in his fourth year in the NHL, Stamkos is looking to be the 10th player to score 60 goals at least once in his first four seasons. Scoring 60 this season would put Stamkos in good company: Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky, Lemieux and Brett Hull all had at least one 60-goal season in their first four years in the league.

Gretzky, Mike Bossy and Pavel Bure are the only players with multiple 60-goal seasons in their first four years.

Although scoring 60 goals at such a young age would be impressive, if Stamkos does it, his overall point total could rank among the lowest of the 60-goal seasons.

Stamkos currently has 95 points (58 goals, 37 assists); only two players, Reggie Leach in 1975-76 and Lanny McDonald in 1982-83, had fewer than 100 points in a 60-goal season.

Stamkos was held scoreless against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. He has been held without a goal in back-to-back games seven times this season, and just three times in three straight games.

Stamkos’ remaining games are both on the road, which also doesn’t help his cause -- only 22 of his 58 goals have come on the road.

On Thursday, Stamkos faces the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has seven goals against Toronto in 15 career games. Tampa Bay’s final game is against the Winnipeg Jets. Stamkos has 19 career goals against the Jets franchise (previously the Atlanta Thrashers), his most against any opponent.

Crosby Show has been must-see TV

September, 7, 2011
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With two Stanley Cup Final appearances and one Hart Trophy, Sidney Crosby has meant everything to the Penguins.


Sidney Crosby was having an amazing season when he was hit by Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman on Jan. 5, 2011 and suffered a concussion. On Wednesday, Crosby announced he has no timetable to return to the ice, but says it's "likely" he'll return sometime this season.

Crosby had posted a 25-game point streak, the longest in the NHL since Mats Sundin’s 30-game streak in 1992-93. He was leading the NHL in goals (32), points (64) and faceoffs won (546).

But that game against the Lightning would be the last anyone saw Crosby play last season.

Crosby was on pace for 132 points, which would have been the most in a single season since former fellow Pittsburgh Penguins greats Jaromir Jagr and Mario Lemieux had 149 and 161 points, respectively, in 1995-96.

Finishing with 66 points in 41 games was still an amazing accomplishment. Among those who played in 41 games or fewer, it’s the second-most points in a single season trailing Hockey Hall of Famer Bill Cowley, who had 71 points in 36 games in 1943-44. The difference being the NHL had a 50-game season when Cowley played compared to 82 games now.

While the Penguins went 23-13-5 after Crosby’s departure, their offense took a nosedive. Pittsburgh averaged 2.34 goals per game, which ranked 25th in the NHL. The Penguins’ faceoff win percentage was 26th at 47.4, and their power play ranked dead-last at 14.0 percent.

The statistic “point shares” is an estimate of the number of points contributed by a player both on offense and defense -- similar to baseball’s “win shares” created by statistician Bill James. According to hockey-reference.com, Crosby’s 68.8 point shares is third in the NHL since 2005-06 behind only Alex Ovechkin (81.6) and Nicklas Lidstrom (72.0).

Excluding his rookie season, when Pittsburgh did not make the playoffs, the Penguins have a .624 points percentage since 2006-07 with Crosby in the lineup. He has the highest points per game among active players at 1.39. Only Wayne Gretzky, Lemieux and Mike Bossy have higher points per game averages in NHL history.

Crosby has collected 336 points at even strength, the most in the NHL since entering the league in 2005-06. Crosby ranks first despite playing 1,129 fewer minutes than the leader in even-strength minutes, Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks.

The website behindthenet.ca, which examines a player’s value while on and off the ice, puts more perspective on just how amazing Crosby was last season. He averaged 3.98 points per 60 minutes in 5-on-5 situations, by far the highest among forwards last season. Over the last four seasons, the only forward with a higher mark was Daniel Sedin at 4.04 in 2008-09.

Crosby has become the face of the league and everything he has done since the moment he stepped on the ice backs that up.

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