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Lightning forward Stamkos scores 250th goal in loss

by Corey Long

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos scored his 250th NHL goal 47 seconds into the second period against the Washington Capitals at Amalie Arena on Tuesday.

Stamkos took a centering pass from Ryan Callahan and sent a wrist shot around the defense of Brooks Orpik and past goalie Braden Holtby on the stick side to tie the game 2-2.

Youngest to 250 NHL goals
1. Wayne Gretzky - 22 years, 28 days
2. Mario Lemieux - 23 years, 77 days
3. Dale Hawerchuk - 23 years, 289 days
4. Alex Ovechkin - 24 years, 126 days
5. Pierre Turgeon - 24 years, 199 days
6. Steve Yzerman- 24 years, 222 days
7. Jimmy Carson - 24 years, 241 days
8. Mike Bossy - 24 years, 275 days
9. Michel Goulet - 24 years, 302 days
10. Steven Stamkos - 24 years, 305 days

The Capitals won 5-3.

"People may not believe me, but all that stuff, whether it's 200 or 250 … it doesn't register to me," Stamkos said. "If you get to the big one of 500, maybe that's something different, but there's a lot of hockey to play and my focus right now is producing and scoring goals and helping our team win, and it wasn't good enough [Tuesday]."

It was Stamkos' 17th goal of the season.

At 24 years, 305 days, Stamkos is the 10th youngest player in NHL history to score 250 goals. He did so in 439 games.

"It always seems like he's got some milestone coming, and that's what the great ones do," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. "To do it at such a young age … it's a lot of goals. We are happy to have him playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and he's going to continue to do great things for this home crowd and I hope they appreciate it. Goal-scorers like him don't come around too often."

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