Tampa Bay Lightning, American expert ice hockey group situated in Tampa, Florida, that plays in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Lightning won the Stanley Cup in 2004.
The Lightning entered the group close by the Ottawa Senators in 1992. True to form for an extension group, the Lightning at first battled, completing with a losing record in every one of the establishment's initial three seasons. In 1995–96 Tampa Bay posted its first winning season, acquiring a playoff compartment as the eighth (most reduced) seed in the Eastern Conference. The Lightning lost its first postseason arrangement, and the group before long came back to its losing ways, completing each season between 1996–97 and 2001–02 beneath .500. One splendid spot during that period came in 1998 when Tampa Bay drafted focus Vincent Lecavalier, who might proceed to set pretty much every significant group scoring record.
In 2003 the Lightning came back to the postseason and scored its first playoff arrangement win. In 2003–04 Tampa Bay—behind the outstanding play of the group's driving scorer, Martin St. Louis—had the best record in the Eastern Conference and progressed to the Stanley Cup finals. There the group vanquished the Calgary Flames in an exciting seven-game arrangement that finished with four recreations that were chosen by one objective, two of them additional time challenges. The Lightning came back to the playoffs after every one of the two seasons following its title however neglected to progress past the opening round.
The group completed with a losing record in each season from 2007–08 to 2009–10, inciting a front office change; in 2010 it contracted Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman as its general director. The change paid quick profits: in 2011 the Lightning came back to the postseason and progressed to the meeting finals. The turnaround was brief, in any case, as the Lightning missed the playoffs the accompanying two years. The group exchanged away establishment symbol St. Louis during the 2013–14 season yet at the same time put second in its division toward the finish of that battle and qualified for the postseason. In 2014–15 Tampa Bay won an establishment record 50 diversions, and in the postseason a youthful Lightning group driven by focus Steven Stamkos endure two seven-game arrangement and one six-game arrangement during the Eastern Conference playoffs to progress to the Stanley Cup finals, where the group played another nearby arrangement before in the long run losing to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Lightning made another profound playoff keep running in 2015–16 preceding at last being disposed of by the inevitable hero Pittsburgh Penguins in a nearby seven-game meeting finals arrangement. In any case, the group passed up a playoff appearance by a solitary point during the accompanying season. Tampa Bay returned thundering in 2017–18, posting the best record in the Eastern Conference that season and progressing to the gathering finals, where the group again lost in a seven-game arrangement.
The Lightning had a noteworthy 2018–19 normal season, winning 62 recreations, which tied a NHL record for most successes in a season. Vigorously supported to win the Stanley Cup, Tampa Bay rather succumbed to one of the greatest miracles in North American games history, getting cleared in the first round of the playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets, an establishment that had always lost a NHL postseason arrangement in its 18 years of presence.