Martin St. Louis reflected on becoming the oldest player in the history of the NHL to win the Art Ross Trophy.
St. Louis finished the season with 17 goals and 60 points in 48 games. "When the hope of getting in (the playoffs) goes away, you try to finish strong and play the right way, then a couple of things happen along the way. Obviously, Sidney getting hurt. Then you find yourself in a situation that you can do something cool," St. Louis said. "It's something that nobody can take away from me. It's in the books." He broke the record established by Gordie Howe when he won the Art Ross Trophy at the age of 34 in 1962-63. St. Louis is obviously showing no signs of slowing down and could average about a point-per-game in 2013-14.
Martin St. Louis locked up the Art Ross Trophy on Saturday night, getting a goal and an assist in the Lightning's 5-3 loss to the Panthers.
The 37-year-old concludes the season with 17 goals and 60 points, which is three better than his teammate Steven Stamkos. He is the oldest player to ever win the Art Ross Trophy. Ryan Malone and Matt Carle had the other goals. Vincent Lecavalier, Teddy Purcell, Victor Hedman and Stamkos had the helpers.
Anders Lindback lost his third straight game Saturday night, as the Lightning fell 5-3 to the Panthers.
Lindback has given up nine goals over that span, making 27 saves on 31 shots Saturday. There are some good pieces in Tampa Bay -- it really needs to shore up its defense, though.
Steve Stamkos will play for Team Canada in the IIHF World Championship.
"I'm excited," Stamkos said. "You don't want to be in this tournament ever, but when you're not in the playoffs it's a little bit of a consolation." Stamkos skipped the tournament in 2012 because of a shoulder issue. He has 29 goals and 56 points in 47 games this season.
Martin St. Louis and Steve Stamkos could finish 1-2 in the NHL scoring race.
It would be only the 11th time in the post-expansion era that two players from the same team would finish in the top two in scoring. "I want to see the guys do it," Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper said. "I hope it matters (to them). It's come to the (last) game in the season and they have the chance to look back in history to see their name in the history book, especially a guy like Marty, who has the chance to become the oldest player in the history of the game to win a scoring title. Then you have Stammer nipping at his heels In my perfect world, they would finish tied." Just something to watch in an otherwise meaningless game.