Tampa Bay Lightning stories in the SI Vault

Snow Job In Tampa By Jon Scher, November 2, 1992 Amid the ice shavings, the Tampa Bay Lightning is making Phil Esposito smile.

Unexpected Jolt By Kostya Kennedy, November 23, 1998 A rejuvenated Wendel Clark has brought electricity to the Lightning.

Dudley Do Right By Kostya Kennedy, July 12, 1999 Hiring Rick Dudley as general manager has already paid off for Tampa Bay.

Captain Kid By Kostya Kennedy, October 16, 2000 With good reason, the Lightning last season made Vincent Lecavalier, a rising star at 19, the youngest player in NHL history to wear the C: He was ready for it.

Little Big Man By Daniel Habib, November 18, 2002 Tampa Bay's Martin St. Louis is just 5-foot-7, but his height hasn't kept him from being a top NHL scorer.

Lightning Strikes Twice By Stephen Cannella, June 14, 2004 Long-suffering Tampa Bay and emerging star Brad Richards rallied to win Games 6 and 7, edging the Flames for the NHL title.

Bolt Of Lightning By Michael Farber, November 29, 2010 The best pure shooter in hockey today is Steven Stamkos, whose scoring prowess is lifting Tampa Bay into the ranks of the contenders in the East.

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