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The Tampa Bay Lightning are celebrating their 20th season in the NHL, but for some of us, it still feels like yesterday that they were the new kids on the block. In their first season, they hosted opponents in Tampa’s 11,000-seat Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds and finished with just 23 wins (sadly, that’s not even close to their worst season). It took them four seasons to reach the postseason, but the division layout was a lot different back then — as were the names. What division were the Lightning in when they first entered the NHL? Answer The Four’s Trivia Question of the Day and enter to win a $50 gift card to one of The Four’s three Boston-area locations. First, read the official rules, completely fill out the entry form and press submit.

Lightning players named to Team USA roster for World Championships

TAMPA, Fla. Three members of the Tampa Bay Lightning were named to Team USA for the IIHF World Championships, USA Hockey announced Thursday.Goaltender Ben Bishop, forward Nate Thompson and defenseman Matt Carle will take part in the event, which starts May 3 in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.Bishop, acquired from the Ottawa Senators on April 3, has played in nine games...

Lightning pick it up late to beat the Maple Leafs

The Tampa Bay Lightning are out of playoff contention but it is not stopping the veterans from playing hard. After being down 1-0 at the first intermission, the Bolts rally back to beat Toronto 5-2 which featured a hat trick by Martin St. Louis. Steven Stamkos and St. Louis made it a 2-1 game in the second period. Toronto would tie it back up after Joffrey Lopul’s wrist shot beat...

The Lightning Played in the Norris Division During Their Expansion 1992-93 Season

The Tampa Bay Lightning will be moving into a new division next year as the NHL realigns its teams, but that’s nothing new for the relatively young franchise. Despite only existing for 20 years, the Lightning will be moving into its fourth division for the 2013-14 season, a long way from their humble beginnings in the Norris Division. Yes, that’s where the Tampa Bay franchise...

Martin St. Louis trick lifts Bolts

Martin St. Louis scored three goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a six-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. St. Louis, who has 16 goals this season, took over the lead in the NHL scoring race with 58 points -- two more than teammate Steven Stamkos and injured Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby. Stamkos scored his 29th...

Bruins Look to Fight Off Spoiler-Minded Lightning As Regular Season Winds Down (Video)

As far as playoff implications go, the Bruins’ final three games do have huge significance. It remains to be determined whether the B’s will beat out Montreal for the Northeast Division crown and the No. 2 seed, but they are guaranteed a spot in the postseason. Boston would certainly like to gain some momentum heading into the playoffs, though, as the team has dropped five of...

Lightning snap six game losing streak, beat Leafs 5-2

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Martin St. Louis scored three goals and the Tampa Bay Lightning snapped a six-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. St. Louis, who has 16 goals this season, took over the lead in the NHL scoring race with 58 points -- two more than teammate Steven Stamkos and injured Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby. Stamkos...

About Last Night…St. Louis’ Hat Trick Rakes Leafs

Martin St Louis rang up a hat trick for the Tampa Bay Lightning as the raked the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2. Steven Stamkos added a goal and an assist in the win and went +5 on the evening. SPIN: St. Louis now jumps to the top of the scoring list with 58 points this season, 42 of them assists. Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul scored the goals for Toronto. This was the kind of night we...

Panthers-Lightning Preview

The Tampa Bay Lightning have long been out of the Eastern Conference playoff race, but Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos are still in a race of their own. Either one could win the Art Ross Trophy in the season finale Saturday night when the Lightning try to extend their point streak over the league-worst Florida Panthers to nine. The Lightning (18-25-4) will miss the playoffs...

46. Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins. Finding Nemo's Make Up Game.

3 games.  3 regular season left before Boston heads into the NHL's second season. 3 games left to prove to the city of Boston that this team isn't the floundering mess they've shown the past 6 games or so. Tonight's game is a make-up game for Nemo. When these two teams were going to meet, this is what I wrote about Tampa:  I'll be honest with you guys...

Bruins-Lightning Live: B’s Look to Respond in Right Way As They Return Home to Face Lightning

8 a.m. ET: Perhaps the best news for the Bruins heading into Thursday’s game with the Tampa Bay Lightning is that there is no snow in the forecast. Thursday’s game was originally scheduled for Feb. 9, but a snowstorm of historic proportions pounded Boston and forced a postponement. Now it’s part of what’s been a jam-packed schedule for the Bruins all the way up into the final...
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