Stamkos becomes third youngest to score 50 goals

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.

At 20 years, 2 months and 3 days, only Wayne Gretzky (19 years,

2 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.