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Tampa Bay Lightning Team History
The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional hockey team that plays in the NHL. The Tampa Bay Lightning are located in Tampa, Florida and serve the communities around Tampa including St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Bradenton. With so many communities to draw fans from, Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Tickets sell quickly.
The Beginning of the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning were an expansion team in 1992 when the NHL awarded the city an expansion team.
The Tampa Bay Lightning began their NHL campaign with quick success. The Lightning hockey team earned 53 points, one of the best initial season’s for any NHL team. Forward Brian Bradley recorded 42 goals, a franchise record that stood until the 2006-2007 NHL season. In the 1995-1996 hockey season, the Tampa Bay Lightning qualified for the NHL playoffs for the first time ever. Although they lost in 6 games to the Philadelphia Flyers, the team proved to the NHL that they were here to stay.
After the season, the team moved into the Ice Palace, now called the St. Pete Times Forum. After narrowly missing the playoffs for several seasons, the Tampa Bay Lightning rebuilt and won the Southeast Division in the 2002-2003 season. The young core of Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, and Brad Richards were lighting the lamp at a rapid pace. They finished with 93 points, the first time they finished with more than 90 points. They defeated the Washington Capitals in the first round before losing to eventual Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils.
Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Championship
The Tampa Bay Lighting took the hockey world by storm during the 2003-2004 NHL season. They finished with 106 points, second best record in the NHL. The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, and the Philadelphia Flyers on their way to their first Stanley Cup. The Lightning hockey team battled the Calgary Flames in one of the best ever Stanley Cup Finals. The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Calgary Flames in 7 games for their first Stanley Cup Championship. Brad Richards won the Conn Smythe as the playoff MVP and Martin St. Louis won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the regular season MVP.
Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Team Today
After the Stanley Cup Championship, it took some years for rebuilding. The Tampa Bay Lightning selected #1 overall pick Steven Stamkos in the 2008 NHL Draft. In the 2009-2010 season, Stamkos notched 51 goals, tied for the most in the NHL. He is the 3rd youngest player of all-time to accomplish that feat. The Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey team is still a force to be reckoned with in the NHL and has a very loyal fan following making Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey tickets a hot commodity.