Today in Hockey History: May 22

Today in Hockey History: May 22

May 22nd, 2020 Today was a big date in National Hockey League history for teams making to the Stanley Cup Final. Some teams made for the first time ever, while others returned for the first time in a long while. Motown Memories May 22 has been very kind to the Detroit Red Wings over the years. In 1997,...
4 Lightning NHL Draft Targets

4 Lightning NHL Draft Targets

May 18th, 2020 The Tampa Bay Lightning are a perfect example of how the current NHL promotes high-speed and high-scoring teams. The team features three legitimate scoring lines that it stocks with short but compact, speedy but balanced players who have powerful shots. If the 2019-20 regular...

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April 23rd, 2020
Lightning History

Some of the National Hockey League’s “Original 6” teams made postseason memories on this date. However, there are plenty of the league’s newer franchises who made their mark on Stanley Cup playoff history on April 23, as well. A Big Date in Red Wings History The Detroit Red Wings can fondly look back on this date as they not only won a Stanley Cup on it, but one of their greatest players in franchise history left rewrote the record books. The Red Wings hosted the New York Rangers, in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, at Olympia Stadium, on April 23, 1950. Jim McFadden knotted the game at 3-3 late in the second period, which was the final goal scored for quite some time. After finishing up the final 26 minutes of regulation without a goal, the two teams needed a second overtime to decide a winner. Pete Babando, who his first goal of the postseason earlier in the contest, beat goaltender Chuck Rayner to win the Stanley Cup 8:31 into the second overtime session....
April 21st, 2020
Lightning History

April 21 has been a very busy day in National Hockey League history. We have seen defensemen shine on the offensive stage, some big hat tricks and plenty of other memorable Stanley Cup playoff moments on this date. The Legend of Bill Barilko Defenseman Bill Barilko played five seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs and was a member of four Stanley Cup-winning teams during his short time in the NHL. At age 24, he had his biggest moment in the league on April 21, 1951. In Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, Barilko scored less than three minutes into overtime to beat the Montreal Canadiens and give the Maple Leafs their fourth championship in the past five seasons. It was the franchise’s ninth Stanley Cup, which, at the time, was the most in NHL history. This remains as the only Stanley Cup Final in league history where every game of the series was decided in overtime. Unfortunately, that was the final shift and goal of...
April 21st, 2020
Lightning History

As time marches forward, we are now approaching the four-year anniversary of former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier announcing his retirement from the NHL. He played in 1,212 games, scoring 421 goals and 949 points while playing for the Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers before ending his career with the Los Angeles Kings. Vincent Lecavalier spent 14 years playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning, becoming one of the faces of sports across the entire bay area. (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images) For many Lightning fans, the mere mention of Lecavalier's name brings fond memories. He was the fresh-faced 18-year-old kid who was asked to put the still young and struggling expansion team on his back, whether he was ready for the challenge or not. Now, more than two decades after he was selected #1 overall, we can truly appreciate what Lecavalier meant not only for Lightning hockey but also the larger community surrounding Tampa Bay. Lecavalier Asked to Be Like...
April 12th, 2020
Tampa Bay Lightning

No matter what team you cheer for in any sport, your franchise of choice will always have those players that you look back on and think... how did we let him go? That future All-Star who looked just average as a rookie, or a veteran that was traded just before they became a stalwart at their position. Related: Lightning's 3 Best Trades of the Decade In this series, we will look back at some players who spent time with the Tampa Bay Lightning before they went off and made a name for themselves with another franchise. Today we will discuss Jonathan Marchessault, who is a more recent example of this occurring for the Lightning. Marchessault's Time With the Lightning When Marchessault joined the Lightning in 2014 through a deadline-day trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets, little was expected from the move. It appeared to be nothing more than a swap of minor-league talent, with both franchises trading two AHL players that had potential but weren't getting the opportunity to...
April 3rd, 2020
Lightning History

Whenever a new franchise enters the NHL, you never know what that teams' identity will become. While some teams never develop a single trait that defines them, others seemingly double down on one aspect of the game to be the best at. For the Tampa Bay Lightning, the pathway to prominence has been paved on the back of offense. Even when they were struggling to ice competitive teams throughout their rocky early history, the Lightning still managed to find players who helped define what it meant to be a goal scorer during their time in the league. A steady stream of offensive dynamos helped define the Tampa Bay Lightning as a scoring-first franchise over their 25-plus year history. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) With so much offensive talent passing through one franchise, let's look back at the 10 best goal scorers in Lightning history to see who has left a meaningful mark on the history books. 1. Steven Stamkos: 422 Goals Scored For a franchise with so many great goal...
April 3rd, 2020
Lightning Transactions

Originally written in 2018. It wasn’t long ago that Ben Bishop donned the Ottawa Senators’ logo on the front of his jersey. But with Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner in the mix, the Senators had a decision to make - which goaltender would be the odd man out? Eventually, the Sens’ brass decided that Lehner would be their goalie of the future. That decision made Bishop available on the trade market and the Senators jumped on the opportunity. Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) Bishop was moved on Apr. 3, 2013, in a trade that the Senators will look back on as a potential move that saw them trade away a piece that could’ve solidified them between the pipes for a long time to come. Lightning Strikes in Tampa Net On the other side of the trade was the Tampa Bay Lightning - a team that started the 2012-13 season with Anders Lindback and Mathieu Garon as their tandem in net. That sparked the Bolts into going after the 26-year-old...