The Best Moment from Each Tampa Bay Lightning Star in 2013

Eric Steitz@esteitz16Analyst IIIDecember 22, 2013

The Best Moment from Each Tampa Bay Lightning Star in 2013

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    Martin St. Louis is just one of the Lightning stars that provided great moments in 2013.
    Martin St. Louis is just one of the Lightning stars that provided great moments in 2013.Scott Audette/Getty Images

    The Tampa Bay Lightning may not have as many big-name stars as some teams in the league, but their big guns have provided some great moments in 2013. The Bolts’ stars have had no shortage of moments worth remembering from the past year.

    The last calendar year has been up and down for not just the Lightning, but for the entire NHL. It wasn’t long ago that fans were entirely without hockey. But on Jan. 6, the lockout ended and the typical marathon season turned into a 48-game sprint.

    The 2013-14 campaign has seen some very memorable moments for the Lightning as well. As we prepare to turn the calendar to the next year, here is each Lightning star’s best moment from 2013.

Martin St. Louis

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    Every time Martin St. Louis steps on the ice, it could very well be his most memorable moment of his career. The aging superstar never ceases to amaze fans. With 34 points this season, St. Louis is tied for 14th in the league. 

    His best moment had nothing to do with goals, assists or any number of dazzling plays on the ice. St. Louis’ best moment came on Nov. 25, when he was honored for playing in his 1,000th NHL game.

    Immediately after his home-ice ceremony, he had two goals and an assist in a 5-0 rout of the New York Rangers.

    Honorable Mention: St. Louis wins Art Ross Trophy in shortened season. 

Steven Stamkos

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    The Lightning have managed to stay in the hunt despite the lowest point in Steven Stamkos’ career coming with his broken leg. Still, the 23-year-old center was able to provide the Bolts with some big moments in 2013.

    In the heart of the shortened campaign, Stamkos made history. On March 18, he scored a goal, but not in typical Stamkos fashion. The sniper put home an empty-net goal to help the Bolts beat Philadelphia 4-2. 

    It was Stammer’s 200th goal of his career. He joined elite company as the fourth-youngest player to hit the mark. He joined names like Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Dale Hawerchuk—elite company.

Ben Bishop

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    No one started his Lightning career off in a better way than Ben Bishop. He was added to the team to help with depth at goaltender during a broken season, but he has done far more than that.

    Bishop’s arrival from Ottawa wasn’t the most popular decision and still garners attention after Tampa Bay sent rising prospect Cory Conacher up north. The Lightning appear to have won this round. 

    Bishop has been brilliant. He started his Lightning career with a 45-save shutout against Carolina. It was an epic game that brought a new level of excitement to Tampa Bay.

    His play this season has only helped solidify his claim to the crease. 

Vincent Lecavalier

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    He may not wear a Bolts sweater anymore, but Vincent Lecavalier will always be a part of the Lightning organization. His Lightning career ended in the 2013 offseason, but his return to Tampa Bay was a special moment.

    The Lightning are a classy organization. Their treatment of long-time captain Lecavalier only further solidified that claim. On Nov. 27, he returned to Tampa Bay wearing a Philadelphia sweater.

    The fans and the organization welcomed him warmly and showed the hockey world exactly what it means to be a part of the Tampa Bay Lightning community.