With three assists Tuesday night, Steven Stamkos equaled Martin St-Louis’ record for most points scored in a Tampa Bay Lightning jersey.
The first pick of the 2008 draft now has 472 goals and 481 assists for 953 points in 916 games with the Bolts.
St. Louis had meanwhile earned his 953 points (including 365 goals) in 972 games with the Lightning. Who is currently the interim head coach of the Montreal Canadiens has played nearly 13 seasons for the Tampa Bay team and has worked with Stamkos for six years.
“I’ve been thinking a lot about ‘Marty’ tonight. [mardi]said the Lightning captain during a press conference after his team’s 4-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.
“He was very important to me and still is today. He helped me become the person and player I am.
“It fills me with humility to see that my name is associated with that of the great ‘Marty’ St-Louis,” Stamkos continued. I remember all the great times we had on the ice together, the incredible career he’s had and what he means to our community.”
Though he had only good words for the one he shares the brand with, Stamkos was disappointed by the circumstances in which he and his friend and mentor rose to the top of the club’s top scorers.
“It’s really a shame that something so special happened for me in a game we didn’t win,” said the 32-year-old veteran.
The two-time Stanley Cup champion is guaranteed to reach the playoffs in 2021/22. However, head coach Jon Cooper believes his squad will need to pull together if they want a third straight title.
“It was one of those games where we clearly beat ourselves. That happens too often,” he said after the defeat against the Wings, a team that has been out for a long time.
“We made a lot of sales,” Cooper said. It’s disturbing to see that some of the players that have been with us for a while are still doing so in the 76th game of our season. That’s a shame.”
The Bolts will try to break that bad habit Thursday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Amalie Arena. Stamkos could also become the club’s top scorer against his childhood team, who grew up in Markham, a suburb of Queen City.