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Game 1 recap Oct. 1 Vs. Islanders 
Posted on July 13, 2012 at 10:02 AM.
"The 1996 season is underway here in Tampa Bay. Bradley wins the draw back, to Hamrlik, passes to Klima. Klima enters the zone, meets the defense then retreats to center ice and drops it to Shaw. Shaw passes it up to Selivanov at the blue line, Alexander gets a step on the defenseman cuts toward the net, backhand, GOAL!!!! Alexander Selivanov starts out the season with a goal!! 45 seconds into the season Lightning lead 1-0."
That's how the season would start for the Lightning, Selivanov assisted by David Shaw and Petr Klima. Later in the Period, the Isles would strike back. "Tampa on the pp for the first time this seaon, Bradley is out to take the draw and drops it back to Hamrlik. Hamrlik shoots save made and kicked out to Petr Klima. Klima gets it stolen by Scott Lachance who passes it to Muller. Muller clears it and it banks off the boards in on Puppa. Puppa, turns and kicks it in! Goal Islanders. It's tied 1-1" Definitely not Puppa's finest moment as the puck takes a direct bounce off the boards behind him and in.
The second period was filled with action, mostly for the Lightning as it started out with Rob Zamuner fighting with Steve Thomas. "Uh OH, here we go, It's Robbie Zamuner and Steve Thomas. Zamuner gets a couple of punches in as Thomas counters with 2 big jabs to Zamuner. Zamuner tugging on the jersey, levels Thomas with a couple of big punches! Zamuner wins this one easily and David Ortega of Ft. Myers wins a 20 dollar gift certificate from Hooters in our knock em out, grab a drink promotion congrats Mr. Ortega."
Tampa Bay would go on to score 3 goals in a span of 30 seconds during Zamuner's 5 minute major. Poulin scored on a nice pass by Chris Gratton. Selivanov got his second assisted by Bradley and Hamrlik. Capping off the second period scoring Bradley scored on a backhand assisted by Hamrlik and Puppa.
Tampa Bay clamped it down on defense in the third as Puppa played solid throughout the period. However, that didn't stop Steve Thomas from scoring, with an assist by Kirk Muller 6 minutes into the period. Selivanov had a chance at the hat trick with 5 seconds in the period but was denied on a slapshot. That's it from us here in Tampa as the Lightning win 4-2. Join us October 4th as your Lightning take on the Quebec Nordiques in the Great White North!
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