Steven Stamkos tied the Lightning’s career mark for goals at 383 with a second-period score against Detroit on Thursday. He now stands atop the list with former Tampa Bay captain Vinny Lecavalier. The distinction puts him in a rarefied space with some of the game’s all-time greats. Take a look at who stands as the career leader for each franchise currently in the league.
Steven Stamkos 383 (2008-present)
Vinny Lecavalier 383 (1998-2013)
Stamkos and Lecavalier stand as even, for now, but of course Lecavalier has the Stanley Cup title that Stamkos seeks.
Teemu Selanne 457 (2006-2014): One of the highest scoring players in NHL history, Selanne also holds several records with original Winnipeg Jets/Arizona Coyotes franchise.
Shane Doan 402 (1995-2017): Played 21 seasons with the same team, starting in Winnipeg and then moving with the franchise to Arizona.
John Bucyk 545 (1957-1978): Spent 21 seasons with the Bruins after starting with Detroit. Played with Phil Esposito and helped Boston to Stanley Cup titles in 1970 and 1972.
Gilbert Perreault 512 (1970-1987): Spent entire career with Sabres. Known for his playmaking skills, he made up one-third of the team’s famed French Connection line.
Jarome Iginla 525 (1996-2013): One of the most successful players of color, Iginla is expected to become the second African-American to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Ron Francis 382 (1981-1991; 1998-2003): Francis, who started with the original Hartford Whalers, sandwiched two stints with the franchise - the second after it moved to Carolina - around a legendary run with Pittsburgh. Holds most team records and is second in assists to Wayne Gretzky.
Bobby Hull 604 (1957-1972): Considered one of the greatest players of all time, he was a two-time NHL MVP and helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 1961. Played several more seasons in WHL after leaving Chicago.
Joe Sakic 625 (1988-2009): Spent all of his 20 years in the NHL with the franchise, first in Quebec, then in Colorado after its move.
Rick Nash 289 (2002-2012): One of the Blue Jackets’ first stars, he also starred on Canadian national teams.
Mike Modano 557 (1989-2010): He spent all but one of his 21-season career with the franchise, playing with it through its last four seasons as the Minnesota North Stars and then moving with it to Dallas.
Gordie Howe 786 (1946-1971): Yep. He started with the Red Wings a year after World War II and nearly played until the end of the Vietnam Conflict. Did we mention he came out of retirement in 1973 and played seven more seasons before hanging up his skates after 80 games with the Hartford Whalers at the age of 51.
Wayne Gretzky 583 (1979-1988): The only surprise here is that Gretzky isn’t the franchise leader for one of the other teams he played for during his 21 seasons. After all, he finished with 894 goals.
Olli Jokinen 188 (2000-2007): The lowest total for any franchise comes from a Finnish player who spent only seven of his 17 seasons with the Panthers.
Luc Robitaielle 557 (1986-1994; 1997-2001; 2003-06): How do you surpass the great Marcel Dionne as the goal scoring leader? Set the all-time record for goals by a left winger while being named as one the game’s 100 greatest players.
Marian Gaborik 219 (2000-2009): Gaborik played on the Wild’s inaugural team as a rookie and went on to develop into a start before leaving for the Rangers as a free agent.
Maurice Richard 544 (1942-1960): “Rocket” Richard is an NHL legend and cultural icon in Montreal. The first to score 50 goals in a game and the first to score 500, the trophy that annually goes to the league’s goal-scoring leader bears his name.
David Legwand 210 (1998-2013): Drafted immediately after the Lightning made Vinny Lecavalier its first pick, Legwand spent 15 seasons in Nashville and holds most of the franchise’s records.
Patrik Elias 408 (1995-2016): Elias spent all 20 years of his career with the Devils, helping them win two Stanley Cups and capturing franchise marks for goals, assists and points.
New York Islanders
Mike Bossy 573 (1977-1987): Bossy’s stellar play — including four consecutive Stanley Cups with the Islanders — is all the more remarkable when you consider he posted all of his numbers while playing only 10 seasons, his career cut short by a back injury.
New York Rangers
Rod Gilbert 406 (1960-1978): Gilbert made up one third of the Rangers’ famed GAG (Goal-A-Game) line and starred despite having a series of back injuries.
Daniel Alfredsson 426 (1995-2013): Considered one of the best two-way players of his era, Alfredsson holds most of the franchise’s records and also helped Sweden win Olympic Gold in 2006.
Bill Barber 420 (1972-1984): Barber played for both of the Flyers’ Stanley Cup champions in 1974 and 1975 and got Philly back to the finals in 1980. As director of player personnel for the Lightning from 2002-2008, he’s credited for helping the Bolts win the cup.
Brett Hull 527 (1987-1998): One half of the game’s greatest father-son duo, “The Golden Brett” starred for the Blues and proved to be one of hockey’s greatest goal scorers. But he didn’t win Stanley Cups (with Dallas and Detroit) until he left St. Louis.
Patrick Marleau 508 (1997-2018): Marleau, who still plays with Toronto, built his reputation as a speedy left wing while starring for San Jose for 19 seasons.
Mats Sundin 420 (1994-2008): The Swedish native holds a number of records for the Maple Leafs. During his tenure with the team, he led Toronto in points every season but one.
Daniel Sedin 393 (2000-2018): While Sedin holds the mark for goals, his playmaking twin brother Henrik tops the franchise’s mark for assists (830) and points (1070).
William Karlsson 62 (2017 through March 15, 2019): He is an original member of the expansion team, in its second season, after starting his career with Anaheim and Columbus.
Alex Ovechkin 653 (2005 through March 16, 2019): Ovechkin has led the NHL in scoring a record-tying seven times. He put the cherry atop his prolific career by willing his team to the Stanley Cup title in 2018, defeating the Lightning along the way.
Ilya Kovalchuk 328 (2001-2010): All his goals were scored when the franchise was the Atlanta Thrashers, before it moved to Winnipeg for the 2010-11 season to be the second incarnation of the Jets. Kovalchuk never played in a Jets jersey. Atlanta traded him to New Jersey midway through the 2010 season.