Tampa Bay’s Steve Stamkos is third youngest to score 50 goal in NHL season

TAMPA, Fla. – Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos is the third youngest NHL player to score 50 goals in a season.

Stamkos, the Lightning’s second-year forward, hit the milestone Saturday night when he scored his second goal of the game against the Florida Panthers. Stamkos netted No. 50 with a wrist shot from the point that went between the pads of goalie Scott Clemmensen. It was his second power-play goal of the night.

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At 20 years, two months and three days, only Wayne Gretzky (19 years, two months) and Jimmy Carson had 50-goal seasons earlier than Stamkos – the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft.

The goal also tied Stamkos with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin for the NHL lead. Ovechkin scored his 50th on Friday night.