Stamkos reaches milestone in Bolts’ win

by Gary Shelton on December 2, 2022

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Stamkos got his 1,000 point with a pass to Paul./TIM WIRT

Friday, 4 a.m.

On another night, you might be talking about Nick Paul and his two goals.

Or, perhaps, you would talk about the Bolts' third goal, one of the flukiest goals you'll ever see . Ian Cole dumped the puck in, and it hit the wall, and it caromed off goaltender Carter Hart's skate.

Maybe you would talk about Andrei Vasilevskiy, and how he shook off a pedestrian start to his season to win a 4-1 game over the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Vasilevskiy was solid against the Flyers./TIM WIRT

Instead, you will remember this one for Steven Stamkos, the NHL's newest 1,000-point man.

Stamkos got the second assist on Paul's second goal to pass the milestone. He has 494 goals and 506 assists. No other Lightning player has scored 1,000 points all ia Lightning uniform.

"One thousand points," marveled head coach Jon Cooper. "Come on. That's a lot of points. It's impressive.

“It’s longevity. You don’t  get it playing 200 games. You’ve got to play a lot of games to get that. That kid’s ' got more milestones to come this year.  He’s deserved it. I’m fortunate to have a front row seat for probably three-quarters of those."

It wasn't lost on Stamkos that the 1,000th point came on a second assist.

"It’s an individual statistic, but so many players have helped me make it there, You just reminisce. Everyone has a hand. It just brings back so many amazing memories. Just to share that with the guys on the ice. That’s omething ou never dream of as a kid. 

"It was on a second assist. The most I've celebrated a second assist in my career.

The Bolts had one of their easier wins of the season, dominating the play in the offensive zone.

The Bolts return home to Amalie Arena on Saturday night. They host the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 p.m.

Cole scored ona fluke play./TIM WIRT

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