It was a very special Saturday night at Amalie Arena as the Bolts welcomed fans back to the game. Granted it was a limited capacity, but it felt good hearing real cheers from the crowd. The Lightning promised fans at the start of this new season that they wouldn’t raise the Stanley Cup championship banner until fans were let back in the building.
You can tell the Lightning players and coaches were happy to have their fans backing them in person. Jon Cooper said the next morning. “What we experienced last night was new. We haven’t been used to playing in front of fans. 3,800 felt like 19,000.”