Lightning’s Steven Stamkos scores 500th career goal

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos scored his 500th career goal in the 1st period against the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old center took a slick pass from Alex Killorn and put a backdoor tap in past goalie Spencer Martin to open the scoring 4:40 into the period.

Players poured out of the Lightning bench and mobbed Stamkos in the corner as the crowd cheered.

He’s the third active skater to score 500 goals, following Washington’s Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby.

Selected first overall by the Lightning in the 2008 draft, Stamkos has played all 15 seasons of his NHL career for Tampa Bay and amassed 1,022 points (500 goals, 522 assists) in 965 career games.

Stamkos is the 47th player to reach 500 career goals and the 19th to accomplish the feat before playing in 1,000 games, per ESPN Stats & Information research.

The Markham, Ontario, native won back-to-back Stanley Cups with the club in 2020 and 2021 and took the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the league’s top goal scorer in 2010 and 2012.