Steven Stamkos’ absence from the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup created an opportunity for former college standout J.T. Brown. He took advantage of that against the Phoenix Coyotes scoring his first career NHL goal.
Brown was signed out of the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2012 and, after making a brief debut that year playing just five games, is back in Tampa following Stamkos’ broken leg. In the second period against the Coyotes, he finally got on the board.
“It’s a lot more comfortable,” Brown said. “Obviously, playing for [Jon] Cooper before I know what he expects of me. I know the systems and the way he coaches. It makes it a lot easier coming up this time than the first time when I didn’t know anything. I was brand new to the system.”
The Lightning hope he can score a few more while Stamkos heals at home.
When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
Kane also tied Denis Savard (1985-86) for second-longest streak in Chicago history. Bobby Hull had a 21-game streak.