Tampa Bay Lightning Tickets 2017/2018 Season
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Established in 1992, Tampa Bay Lightning is a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Tampa Bay has one Stanley Cup championship in their history, in 2003–04. The team is often referred to as the Bolts, and the nickname is used on the current third jersey. The Lightning plays home games in the Amalie Arena in Tampa. Since 2011, the Lightning colors have been blue, black and white. Their logo has been a stylized lightning bolt. This is the origin of one nickname for the team—the “Bolts.”
Tampa Bay Lightning 2015/2016 Season
Despite finishing with 46 wins and 97 points, the Lightning had a very slow start to the 2015–16 season. The 2015-16 season was filled with controversy for the Lightning, starting off with the contractual questions regarding team captain Steven Stamkos and with the former 3rd overall pick Jonathan Drouin publicly requesting a trade and being suspended from the organization. The Lightning picked up their play at the beginning of the year 2016 and set the franchise record to 9 consecutive wins on the 5th of March 2016, when Alex Killorn scored with 42.5 seconds remaining in overtime to propel the Lightning to a 4-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at Amalie Arena. On March 26, 2016, the Lightning announced that cornerstone defenceman, Anton Stralman had suffered from a fractured leg in their game against the New York Islanders at home. Tampa’s fortunes would get even worse when Stamkos shockingly was out of the lineup for the team’s game on April 2 against the New Jersey Devils in Tampa. Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman announced after the game that the captain would miss 1–3 months due to a blood clot in his arm. Due to unfortunate circumstances, the team had no other option but to bring Drouin back to the team. The Lightning ended up finishing 2nd in the Atlantic Division and would once again face the 3rd seeded Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Lightning ended up defeating the Red Wings in 5 games after winning 1-0 at Amalie Arena. Next up, the Islanders would face the Lightning. In Game 1, the Islanders went off eventually beating the Bolts by a score of 5-3. The Lightning would eventually answer back by winning 4 consecutive games in the series to defeat the Isles in 5 games, in large part due to back to back road overtime victories with goals scored by Brian Boyle and Jason Garrison. The Lightning were set to play against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals. In Game 1 at Consol Energy Center, star goaltender Ben Bishop would be added to the list of devastating injuries for the team as he left on a stretcher and didn’t return for the remainder of the series. Stralman would eventually return in Game 2. A back and forth series would eventually lead to a Game 7 showdown in Pittsburgh. Lightning captain, Steven Stamkos surprisingly took warmups and was in the Lightning lineup after a long absence from blood clot surgery. It wasn’t enough though, as the Lightning would fall 2-1 against the Penguins, who went on to defeat the San Jose Sharks and win the Stanley Cup.
With the Lightning under the spotlight in the 2016 offseason, Drouin rescinded his trade request. Steve Yzerman would then announce on June 29 that the team re-signed Stamkos to an 8-year cap-friendly deal. He would then sign star defenceman, Victor Hedman to an 8-year deal on July 1 along with a 7-year deal for Killorn and a 3-year deal for former first round pick, goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy.
The Lightning mascot is a lightning bug named ThunderBug. He performs at games and makes appearances in the community. According to the Lightning website, Thunderbug enjoys birthday parties, street hockey, ice hockey and Lightning fans, while his dislikes include flyswatters and bug zappers. An official dance team known as the Lightning Girls perform at all home games and community events. The Tampa Bay Lightning Girls are a group of dancers who perform in the stands.
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