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Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo Sabres Recap

Fans flocked to the Amalie Arena in downtown Tampa on Saturday afternoon, as the Buffalo Sabres were in town to face the beloved Tampa Bay Lightning. As the teams took to the ice, the excitement soared when the Lightning narrowly missed an early opportunity at the Sabres' goal. By the end of the first period, Buffalo had managed to take a 1 – 0 lead. By the end of the second period, Tampa was back in the game however, having tied the score at 1 -1. The crowd at Amalie Arena went into the third with high hopes of a victory, to help them inch closer to the top spot currently held by Montreal.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars Recap

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars had an offensive explosion on Thursday. Both teams came out on fire and scored early and often. Lightning star Steven Stamkos started the scoring and gave the Lightning a 1-0 lead. But the stars would score on goals by Seguin and Benn to take a 2-1 lead into the 2nd period. Eakin and Demers would score in the 2nd period for the Stars as the would flex their muscles and dominate the Lightning. The Lightning would put up a fight and get within a goal but would fall short as the Stars would win.

Detroit Red Wings Vs. Tampa Bay Lightning Recap

The Detroit Red Wings took on their former Captains team the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both teams came in undefeated so somebody would have their first loss. Both teams played tough in the first period and were scoreless. The game looked as if it was going to be scoreless heading to the third period, but a goal by Gustav Nyquist on the power play gave the Red Wings the lead. Henrik Zetterberg would score next in the the third period to give the wings a 2-0 lead. Jimmy Howard looked good in net and was stopping everything till Ryan Callahan put one past him, but that would be the only the goal he would give up and the Wings would go on to win the game, and remain undefeated.
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After the 1994 season, Greis sold the team to Peter "Woody" Kern[9] for $850,000.[10] Kern's first move as the Storm owner was the hiring of coach Tim Marcum, who is widely regarded as the greatest coach in Arena Football history.

On December 23, 2004, Sports Illustrated[11] wrote in its 'The 10 Spot' feature that the AFL's players' union filed a grievance against the Storm. The reason was that seven of the Storm's players claimed that some of the diamonds in their 2003 AFL championship rings were fake. Six of the seven players had left the team after the 2003 season. The Storm acknowledged that some of the rings did, in fact, include cubic zirconia instead of diamonds, and that different players received greater amounts of diamonds in their rings based on their contributions that season.

The Storm ended the 2006 season with a 7–9 record (4th in their Division), ending a 19-year streak of playoff appearances, dating back to their days as the Gladiators and the start of the Arena Football League.

In December 2007, Kern sold 51% of his stake in the Storm to Robert Nucci for just over $9.6 million, while still maintaining control of the other 49%.[10] The Storm followed a 9–7 season and first-round playoff exit in 2007 with an 8–8 finish in 2008. They salvaged the .500 record by defeating the Los Angeles Avengers 72–47 in Tampa. There was no 2009 Arena Football League season due to the organization's ongoing financial difficulties, which eventually resulted in its filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, leaving it uncertain if the Storm, arguably the most successful team in the history of any form of indoor football, would ever play another game.
The name "Tampa Bay" is often used to describe a geographic metropolitan area which encompasses the cities around the body of water known as Tampa Bay, including Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Bradenton and Sarasota. Unlike in the case of Green Bay, Wisconsin, there is no municipality known as "Tampa Bay". The "Tampa Bay" in the names of local professional sports franchises (Storm, Buccaneers, Rowdies, Rays, Lightning, etc.) denotes that they represent the entire region, not just Tampa or St. Petersburg.

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The Lightning first took the ice on October 7, 1992, playing in Tampa's tiny 11,000-seat Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. They shocked the visiting Chicago Blackhawks 7-3 with four goals by little-known Chris Kontos. The Lightning shot to the top of the Campbell Conference's Norris Division within a month, behind Kontos' initial torrid scoring pace and a breakout season by forward Brian Bradley. However, they buckled under the strain of some of the longest road trips in the league—their nearest division rival, the Blues, were over 1,000 miles away—and finished in last place with a record of 23-54-7 for 53 points. Their 53 points in 1992-93, however, was one of the best showings ever by an NHL expansion team. Bradley's 42 goals gave Tampa Bay fans optimism for the next season; it would be a team record until the 2006–07 season when Vincent Lecavalier passed it with a career high 52 goals.

As part of the Norris Division, Tampa Bay had rivalries with teams in Chicago, Detroit, and Minnesota, similar to how the NFL's Buccaneers were in the same division as the Bears, Lions, and Vikings.

The following season saw the Lightning shift to the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division, as well as move into the Florida Suncoast Dome (a building originally designed for baseball) in St. Petersburg, which was reconfigured for hockey and renamed "the Thunderdome". The team picked up goaltender Daren Puppa, left-wing goal scorer Petr Klima and aging sniper Denis Savard. While Puppa's play resulted in a significant improvement in goals allowed (from 332 to 251), Savard was long past his prime and Klima's scoring was offset by his defensive lapses. The Lightning finished last in the Atlantic Division in 1993-94 with a record of 30-43-11 for 71 points. Another disappointing season followed in the lockout-shortened 1995 season with a record of 17-28-3 for 37 points. Still, the Lightning appeared to be far ahead of their expansion brethren, the Ottawa Senators. In marked contrast to the Lightning, the Senators showed almost no sign of respectability in their first four seasons.
The Lightning picked up sniper Dino Ciccarelli from the Detroit Red Wings during the 1996 off-season, and he did not disappoint, scoring 35 goals in the 1996–97 season, with Chris Gratton notching another 30. The team moved into a glittering new arena, the Ice Palace (now the Amalie Arena) and appeared destined for another playoff spot. However, the Lightning suffered a devastating rash of injuries. Puppa developed back trouble that kept him out of all but four games during the season; he would only play a total of 50 games from 1996 until his retirement in 2000. Bradley also lost time to a series of injuries that would limit him to a total of 49 games from 1996 until his retirement in December 1999. Center John Cullen developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and missed the last 12 games of the 1996–97 season; he would eventually be forced to retire in 1999. Decimated by these ailments, the Lightning narrowly missed the playoffs. It would be seven years before the Lightning would even come close to the playoffs again.

Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Experience

Hockey south of the Mason-Dixon Line gets a bad rep, and for the most part, rightfully so. While the quality of the product on the ice has been reasonably high in the last 15 years (with eight teams below the Maryland–Pennsylvania border making the Stanley Cup Finals since 1998, and five of them actually winning the silver chalice), the teams in the South get the majority of their grief from hockey purists who believe a.) hockey belongs where ice can actually form, and b.) almost every team in those markets have no fan support. While the latter could reasonably be argued for both the Phoenix Coyotes and Florida Panthers, it's not true of other teams (see: the Washington Capitals). Surprisingly to some, the subject of this review is one of those in the "not true" category.

Despite the negative impression making the rounds in the hockey-based media, the Tampa Bay Lightning are bucking the trend of "typical" Southern hockey market. With three potential hall-of-famers on the team in the latest seasons, a Stanley Cup to their name in 2003–04, and renovations in 2012 that bring the Tampa Bay Times Forum into the upper echelons of worldwide arenas, the Lightning have made their mark on both the Tampa Bay metro area and hockey as a whole.

You can see a brief history of the venue, and the team, in the "Crowd Reviews" from a previous review I wrote.
That's right! On top of the Kona Brewing Company's beer gardens; Sweetbay Supermarkets salads and deli sandwiches; and the unsuspecting gem of barbequed pork, beef, or chicken on nachos; Canada's favo(u)rite purveyor of coffee brings its wares to the Forum in the form of a Tim Hortons Express, which is all of the coffee, but none of the doughnuts (sorry, sugar addicts).

As you can see, the Forum has something for every palate, including separate restaurants for both groups and club levels, and public full-liquor bars on all three levels. The only reason for the "not quite perfect" score is the fact that, unlike the vast majority of facilities I've been to, the listed prices do NOT include tax, so that $7 order of garlic fries is really $7.49...and yes, you will get pennies, nickels, and dimes back. It's kind of obnoxious at a sporting event, actually.

Tampa Bay Lightning Trivia

Due to its wonderfully warm and sunny weather, many of Tampa’s attractions involve playing outside. Canoeing, paddle-boarding and dolphin cruises are just a few water activities available. On land, visit Busch Gardens or our nationally-recognized zoo. Stroll down the Tampa Riverwalk or check out one of our world-class golf courses. Explore Tampa’s wild side at the many parks and wilderness areas. When you get tired of the outdoors, or are sent inside due to the heat or sudden summer downpour, come inside and visit our world-class aquarium or one of the many local museums and galleries.

Tampa Bay Lightning History

The current location of Tampa was once inhabited by indigenous peoples of the Safety Harbor culture, most notably the Tocobaga and the Pohoy, who lived along the shores of Tampa Bay. It was explored by Spanish explorers in the 16th century, resulting in brief and violent conflicts with the native peoples and the introduction of European diseases, which wiped out the original native cultures over the next few decades. While Spain claimed Florida as part of New Spain, it did not found a colony in the Tampa area, and there were no permanent American or European settlements within today's city limits until after the United States had acquired Florida from Spain in 1819. In 1824, the United States Army established a frontier outpost called Fort Brooke at the mouth of the Hillsborough River, near the site of today's Tampa Convention Center. The first civilian residents were pioneers who settled near the fort for protection from the nearby Seminole population, and the small village was first incorporated as "Tampa" in 1849. The town grew slowly until the 1880s, when railroad links, the discovery of phosphate, and the arrival of the cigar industry jump-started its development, helping it to grow from a quiet village of less than 800 residents in 1880 to a bustling city of over 30,000 by the early 1900s.
The Tampa Bay Partnership and U.S. Census data showed an average annual growth of 2.47 percent, or a gain of approximately 97,000 residents per year. Between 2000 and 2006, the Greater Tampa Bay Market experienced a combined growth rate of 14.8 percent, growing from 3.4 million to 3.9 million and hitting the 4 million population mark on April 1, 2007.[16] A 2012 estimate shows the Tampa Bay area population to have 4,310,524 people and a 2017 projection of 4,536,854 people.[

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Marty St. Louis writes letter to Lightning fans
Martin St. Louis' time with the Tampa Bay Lightning included helping the team win the Stanley Cup in 2004. ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE
Martin St. Louis' time with the Tampa Bay Lightning included helping the team win the Stanley Cup in 2004. ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE
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Published: March 5, 2014 | Updated: March 5, 2014 at 06:28 PM
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Former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Martin St. Louis addressed his departure from the club with the following letter to fans and media, distributed by the team:

“Today is a bittersweet day for me. I am sad that this chapter of my career is over. I have had 14 wonderful years in Tampa and have cherished being a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. I would like to thank Mr. Vinik, Tod Leiweke, Steve Yzerman, Bill Wickett, Jon Cooper and the coaching staff and the entire Lightning organization for everything they have done for me through the years and today.

“Mr. Vinik is an amazing owner and man, I am and will remain entirely thankful and appreciative of him and everything he has done for me and my family. I am also so thankful to the unbelievable fans of Tampa Bay.

“When I arrived here in 2000, you all supported and believed in me when not many did. You have continued to support me through the years and I am extremely thankful for it! I know many of you are disappointed with me for my decision to want to leave.

“I would rather not discuss what brought me to that decision, but in the end this is a decision for my family. I respect the fact that many of you do not agree with my decision and are angry with it. All I really can say is that I am sorry and I am very appreciative of the support you have shown me through the years.

“Last but not least, I want to thank my teammates and the training staff. I have made some friends here who will be my friends for life. I will miss them all.

“My wife, my 3 boys and I will always hold Tampa very near and dear to our hearts. This has been our home and where we have built an amazing life. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you Tampa for everything you have provided me and my family.