For Martin St. Louis, he said he was expecting the worst and hoping for the best in his return to Tampa Bay. On Wednesday night, his return was met with some boos but mainly cheers from the Lightning faithful as the former captain-turned-Ranger suffered a 4-3 loss.
St. Louis, who was shipped off at the deadline last season, had played against his former team, but not in Tampa. One of the major reasons why St. Louis wanted out of Tampa was a strained relationship with Steve Yzerman. The Bolts' GM did not put him on Team Canada's roster for the Olympics, a mistake and snub in the eyes of many.
On Wednesday, the team honored him with a video tribute at the first commercial break.
The video acknowledged his career in Tampa, which featured a 2004 Stanley Cup win, and some of his biggest moments in a Bolts uniform, including his game-winning overtime goal in Game 6 of the 2004 Finals.
St. Louis was quick to show his thanks to the fans in Tampa.
The Vermont alum tallied one point on an assist in his return to Tampa, putting him one away from 1,000 career points. Ironically, it was the player for whom he was traded that had the big game as Ryan Callahan, who was the former captain of the Rangers at the time of trade, fired two pucks behind HenrikLundqvist.
- Darian Somers