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Short History of Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Team
The Tampa Bay Lightning made their first hockey game on October 7, 1992. They played in the tiny seat of Tampa Expo Hall in the Florida State Fairground. They made a shock as they visit the Chicago Blackhawks of 7-3 having four goals by Chris Kontos. This is a member of Atlantic Division in Eastern Conference of National Hockey League. They also achieved one championship for the Stanley Cup.
The lightning shot in Campbell Conference’s Division Norris in a month after the initial scoring in the breakout season made by the forward Brian Bradley. Thus, they buckle under some of the strain of long road trips of the league. The team’s 53 points in the 1992-1993 season was considered to be one of the great showing games ever I the NHL expansion team.
The succeeding season witness the shifting of the Lightning in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division together with the moving into Sun coast Florida Dome. This was renamed and reconfigured the hockey team’s name into “the Thunder dome”. The team take up the aging sniper Denis Savard, goal tender Daren Puppa and left wing goal scorer Petr Klima. The play of Puppa resulted with a significant improvement in the allowed goals. The scoring Klima of was offset with his defensive lapses and Savard becoming the long past prime. The finished their last Atlantic Division in the year 1993-1994 having a record of 30-43-11 good for 71 points. Another unfortunate season followed because of the lockout-shortened in the 1995 season. But, the Tampa Bay Lightning is still appeared in becoming far ahead in the expansion.
Most of the early stars of Tampa Bay Lightning were gone in 1998 because of the trades and free agency through Phil Esposito. Crisp was terminated for eleven games in the 1997-1998 seasons and was substituted by Jacques Demers.