For 2014-2015, the Lightening finished the regular season with 108 points, good for the third best point total in the Eastern Conference. Tampa Bay began as the two seed in the top half of the Eastern Conference bracket, and defeated the Detroit Red Wings in round one. In round two they will face the Montreal Canadians, owners of the second best record in the Eastern Conference and which is also the second best record overall league wide. This series could go either way. Regardless of what happens, this is a young team on the rise.
The Tampa Bay Lighting hope to win it all this season! The team made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, facing the Chicago Blackhawks. The team took a two games to one lead, but the Blackhawks won the next three.
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The Tampa Bay Lightening were founded in 1992 and are one of the NHL's newest teams. Throughout their history they have had some moderate success, and were at their best during the early 2000's. During that period of time, the Lightening won their division in back-to-back years, 2003, and 2004. In 2004 they went on that memorable run in that saw them win the Stanley Cup. After going through some rebuilding, the Lightening have returned to the playoffs in three of the last five seasons, being led there by one of best players in the NHL, Steven Stamkos, who currently is just 25 years of age. The general manager is the legendary Detroit Red Wing Steve Yzerman and the head coach is Jon Cooper.
The Tampa Bay Lightning has a decent 2015-2016 season. The Lightning finished the season with 97 points, which gave them the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference in the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Lightning were matched up with Detroit Red Wings in round one, who they mashed in five games. In round two, the Lightning were matched up against the New York Islanders, who defeated the Florida Panthers in six games in round one. The Lightning won this series in five games, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins won what turned out to be a fantastic series, which went the full seven games. Entering the offseason, the top priority in Tampa Bay was extending superstar franchise player Steven Stamkos. They accomplished that on July 29th, when Stamkos and the team agreed to an 8-year contract extension. They also extended defensive stout Victor Hedman to an 8-year contract as well. But they weren't done yet. On July 17th, the Lightning re-signed forward Alex Killorn to a seven-year contract extension as well. In the draft, the Lightning added center Brett Howden from Moose Jaw of the Western Hockey League. So far this season, the Lightning have translated all of these moves into 27 points, good for 6th place in the Eastern Conference.