Tampa Bay Lightning Make Welcome Return in Opening Win

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Tampa Bay Lightning Make Welcome Return in Opening Win
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

With the stands swarmed in a sea of blue jerseys, a hockey-thirsty crowd found the quench it longed to taste. After a four-month hiatus due to a labor dispute, NHL hockey returned to Tampa on Saturday night as the Lightning embraced the home fans with an electrifying 6-3 season-opening victory against the Washington Capitals in front of a standing-room-only crowd that surpassed the 19,204 capacity at The Forum.

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