On Saturday night, before the game against the Nashville Predators, the Tampa Bay Lightning finally raised the 2019-20 Stanley Cup Champions banner in front of 3800 fans in Amalie Arena. It was the first game in 12 months with a crowd at Amalie Arena since the balance of the 2019-20 regular season was cancelled. Initially the Lightning unveiled the banner on opening night of the current regular season, but decided to raise it when the fans could see it live.
Even a small clap of thunder can make a big difference.— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) March 14, 2021
We hear you, #Bolts Nation. ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/Dv81bsSygu
For this special occasion, the Lightning invited their former play-by-play announcer Rick Peckham, who retired after serving 24 years with the Lightning, to host the banner raising ceremony.
The @TBLightning @StanleyCup Championship banner raising ceremony... try to watch and not get goosebumps.. We dare you!— FOX Sports Bolts (@FOXSportsBolts) March 14, 2021
Watch game action on FOX Sports Sun & FOX Sports Go: https://t.co/jAuRnJbCL1#GoBolts pic.twitter.com/PgIDhcW638
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos also addressed the crowd before the ceremony, thanking them for their support during their Stanley Cup run.
The Captain @RealStamkos91 welcomes @TBLightning fans before the @StanleyCup Championship banner raising! #GoBolts pic.twitter.com/kNMj8cgwDy— FOX Sports Bolts (@FOXSportsBolts) March 14, 2021
Jon Cooper with some emotional words after the game.
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The Bolts continued their winning streak against the Predators with 6-3 victory on Saturday night. Six different players scored for the Lightning. Erik Cernak recorded two assists, he has now five points in four last games [Raw Charge]
The win propels them back into first place with 40 points and a 19-5-2 record through 26 games. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 28 of 31 shots to pick up his 17th win of the season and 8th in a row. Tyler Johnson, Mathieu Joseph, Alex Killorn (power play), Brayden Point (on his birthday!), Blake Coleman, and Ryan McDonagh (empty net) all scored for the Lightning. On the Nashville side it was Yakov Trenin, Alexandre Carrier, and Erik Haula (power play) scoring. For Carrier, it was his first career NHL goal. Pekka Rinne only made 22 saves on 27 shots, but without his play, the score would have really been out of hand.
Nikita Kucherov joined the Lightning morning skate on Saturday. According to Julien BriseBois, he’s “exactly on track“ to return for the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Nikita Kucherov (in white) doing some light stick handling as morning skate winds down. #Bolts pic.twitter.com/h9IrwEUV60— Bryan Burns (@BBurnsNHL) March 13, 2021
After a postponement of their game against the Utica Comets on Friday night, the Syracuse Crunch returned to action with 3-0 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Goaltender Sam Montembeault recorded his first shutout of the season.
Monty put up his first shutout of the season in a 3-0 win tonight.#WBSvsSYR pic.twitter.com/0IrK1ygFzt— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) March 14, 2021
Several players returned to the team after their absence, including forward Gemel Smith, who joined the team after the Lightning re-assigned him back to Syracuse.
Players in the lineup tonight for the #SyrCrunch who did not play last weekend: Brady Keeper, Ben Thomas, Luke Witkowski, Gemel Smith and Daniel Walcott.— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) March 13, 2021
A lot can change in one week. https://t.co/U3q4PTD4lM
Defenseman Ben Thomas is now tied for the fourth in the franchise history with 282 games.
With tonight’s game, defenseman Ben Thomas is now tied for fourth in franchise history with 282 all-time games played. pic.twitter.com/pNxgKVkzIC— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) March 14, 2021
The Orlando Solar Bears fell to the Florida Everblades in a shootout, but extended their point streak to eight games.
We get a point to extend our unbeaten in regulation streak to eight games (6-0-1-1), but our five-game win streak comes to an end tonight in the shootout.#BEARLIEVE | #ORLatFLA pic.twitter.com/oiorVT2KCf— Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey) March 14, 2021
According to the Buffalo Sabres coach Ralph Krueger, forward Jack Eichel is out for the foreseeable future.
Sabres center Jack Eichel will be out at least 7-10 days after having his upper-body injury reevaluated. https://t.co/IXeNLDFrUI— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) March 11, 2021
Per Elliotte Friedman, Bruce Boudreau could be potentially hired as the Buffalo Sabres head coach, if Ralph Krueger gets fired.
Friedman on HNIC says if the Sabres move on from Krueger, Bruce Boudreau would love to coach there since he's from across the border. EF also mentions Nate Leaman (head coach of the Providence Friars) who they interviewed before hiring Krueger as a strong candidate.— NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) March 14, 2021
The Carolina Hurricanes placed defenseman Jake Gardiner on waivers with the intent to put him on taxi squad.
Since we aren’t doing jokes this morning apparently let’s try this tweet again.— Sara Civ (@SaraCivian) March 13, 2021
The Canes put Jake Gardiner on waivers with the intent to put him on the taxi squad. Explaining that and exploring if he will get claimed here https://t.co/IKOXJyU1Pq
The Orlando Reign from the AHL signed Washington Capitals Stanley Cup champion Devante Smith-Pelly to a professional tryout contract.
PLAYER SIGNING- The #Reign have signed forward Devante Smith-Pelly to a PTO!— Ontario Reign (@ontarioreign) March 14, 2021
: https://t.co/wk9J5Cceug pic.twitter.com/CFoJr1ra3E