We all know the story of the Tampa Bay Lightning. These days, they seem to be the New England Patriots of the NHL. Their dominance is worth being recognized, but you can’t help but hate their guts. The entire lineup of the Lightning is stacked, but there is one player in particular that is ridiculously talented. That player is Brayden Point.
Brayden Point emerged in the NHL back during the 2016-17 season where he played 68 games. After scoring 18 goals in his rookie season, the Lightning knew they had a star in the making. Ever since that debut, Point has never looked back. Every year, he seems to improve his game in some way to help his team win. Miraculously, his game gets even better when it matters the most: the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Brayden Point isn’t shy when it comes to the biggest stage in the game. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are a time in which the best players are put to the test to perform in crunch time. Point seems to adjust to those expectations quite easily for the Lightning. Over the course of his career Point has put up multiple playoff runs that are insane.
He is participating in his fourth Stanley Cup Playoffs this year. His first run came in 2018 when he posted seven goals in seventeen games played. The next year was one he would like to forget. After a god-like regular season from the Lightning, Brayden Point managed to only put up a single goal in a four-game sweep by Columbus. Last year is when his numbers skyrocketed.
While in the NHL Bubble last summer, Point managed to put up fourteen goals and nineteen assists for 33 points in just 23 games. If it wasn’t for Victor Hedman’s amazing playoff run, Point would have won the MVP of the playoffs last year. This season is no different for Point and the Lightning. Brayden Point is also one of four players to score 12 goals in consecutive playoff seasons. The only other two players are Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky.
Centers to record 12+ goals in consecutive #StanleyCup Playoffs… in NHL history:
Brayden Point – 2020-21
Mario Lemieux – 1991-1992
Wayne Gretzky – 1984-1985 pic.twitter.com/MSHV6mp0Tz
— NHL (@NHL) June 22, 2021
Historic Goal Scoring Streak
We all know is it extremely difficult to score in the NHL these days. It is even more difficult to score once the playoffs start. That doesn’t seem to be an issue for Brayden Point. While still in the playoffs, heading into game seven tonight, Point has found himself amongst some elite company.
Point has found the back of the net in nine straight games. There is only one other player that has a longer goal-scoring streak in the playoffs ahead of him. That player is Reggie Leach of the Philadelphia Flyers back in 1976. If Point scores tonight in game seven, he will tie that record with Leach at ten straight games of scoring a goal.
— Bally Sports Sun: Lightning (@BallyLightning) June 24, 2021
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