Tampa Bay Lightning

Sport Hockey
Country United States United States
Home town Tampa, Florida
Founding year 1992
Leagues National Hockey League

The Tampa Bay Lightning are an NHL franchise in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference.

The Lightning joined the NHL in 1992. The Lightning began their first season hot, leading the then-Norris Division for the first month or so. However, the long season and long road trips ended up leaving the Bolts in last place in their division, despite having one of the best initial seasons for an expansion team in NHL history. In 1995-96, after the lockout a season earlier, the Lightning made their first playoff appearance, losing to Philadelphia in the first round. The next season, unfortunately, Tampa Bay suffered a tremendous number of injuries to many of their star players including Brian Bradley, John Cullen and Darren Puppa. The wheels came all the way off the bus over the next four years, as the Bolts lost over 50 games in each season from 1997 until 2001. Trouble with poor ownership and incredible financial difficulties were leaving the Lightning players out to dry and there was really nothing that anyone who actually knew the game could do about it.

Finally, new ownership and new head coach John Tortorella turned the Lightning around and carried them straight to the playoffs, where they lost in the second round. The young influx of talent spearheaded by Martin St. Louis and franchise player Vincent Lecavalier, along with Brad Richards and captain Dave Andreychuk led the Bolts to the best record in the East in 2003-04. Nikolai Khabibulin backstopped the team all the way through the playoffs to a tough seven game series with the gritty Calgary Flames. The Lightning won their first Stanley Cup at home in Game 7 on Ruslan Fedotenko’s two-goal performance. Brad Richards won the Conn Smythe, Tortorella won the Jack Adams Award and St. Louis won Hart Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Award as well.

The Lightning struggled to make the playoffs after the ’04-05 lockout, and were bounced in the first round. With poor goaltending and little to no help for Lecavalier and St. Louis, the Lightning finished with the worst record in the NHL in 2007-08. The 2008 offseason was crucial for the Lightning, as they went out and aggressively pursued talent to shore up their supporting cast. Lecavalier signed a long term contract which should keep him with the franchise for the rest of his career, Olaf Kolzig was signed from the Capitals to provide some stability in net and top draft pick Steve Stamkos is expected to start in the NHL immediately. Barry Melrose was also hired as the new head coach.

The Lightning play out of the St. Pete Times Forum, which holds 19,500 fans and hosts the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League as well.

Stanley Cups won: 2003-04

Notable Players: Dave Andreychuk, Dan Boyle, Brian Bradley, John Cullen, Ruslan Fedotenko, Roman Hamrlik, Petr Klima, Vincent Lecavalier, Ryan Malone, Fredrik Modin, Vaclav Prospal, Darren Puppa, Mark Recchi, Brad Richards, Denis Savard, Martin St. Louis, Steve Stamkos, Rob Zamuner

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Boston Bruins won a game against Lightning (1 - 0) in the National Hockey League -

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    HakaymMekele 1:17 Kessler doing that was fucking amnazig! I think I feel over with happiness when he got that goal and did that open arm thing hahahaha I loved watching the playoffs last season =) 2 bad vancouver did not win it =( but TORONTO WILL THIS SEASON!

    almost 7 years ago

Lightning won a game against Boston Bruins (5 - 4) in the National Hockey League -

Boston Bruins

Boston Bruins won a game against Lightning (3 - 1) in the National Hockey League -


Lightning won a game against Boston Bruins (5 - 3) in the National Hockey League -

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    Dorixx -Thanks for pointing out games peayld in 1936 and 1954. Well let me give you a fucken history lesson asshole. Since 1972 there has been 11 hockey tournaments where every country sent their best players to play. Canada has won 7 of those tournies, USA 1, Sweden 1, Czech 1, and CCCP 1. All of the Olympic gold medals the CCCP won was a team of pros versus college students from Canada!! and most Canadian players are unable to play in the WC every year but we still won 24!!

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    Javier bison? ha ha, No the USA likes Football, Baseball, Basketball in that order. Hockey is after Nascar, College football, College Basketball and Mens/Womens Tennis and GOLF.

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Team Roster

Name Position
Vincent Lecavalier centre
Dominic Moore centre
Marc-Antoine Pouliot centre
Steven Stamkos centre
Paul Szczechura centre
Tim Taylor centre
James Wright centre
Brett Clark defence
Victor Hedman defence
Pavel Kubina defence
Matt Lashoff defence
Mike Lundin defence
Marek Malik defence
Josef Melichar defence
Vladimir Mihalik defence
Cory Murphy defence
Mattias Ohlund defence
Paul Ranger defence
Matt Smaby defence
Stephane Veilleux defence
Dan Ellis goaltender
Riku Helenius goaltender
Mike McKenna goaltender
Karri Ramo goaltender
Mike Smith goaltender
Chris Durno left wing
Todd Fedoruk left wing
Ryan Malone left wing
Carter Ashton right wing
Steve Downie right wing
Adam Hall right wing
Gary Roberts right wing
Martin St. Louis right wing

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