Friday, September 23: Chris Dingman's Preseason Thoughts
The first and only preseason game at the still under construction St Pete Times Forum sent Lightning fans home happy today and even more excited for tomorrow. I found myself eager to see the changes to the building, as I’m sure a lot fans did also. It was amazing to see the transformation that is still under way. The 40 million, yes that’s million,that Mr. Vinik is spending on upgrades was pretty cool! New seats (for everybody), renovated suites, tons of new paint, opening up of concourses - was pretty amazing to see. I cannot wait to see the finished product.
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As far as the game goes it was a great team effort. Special teams, once again were special for the Lightning as it successfully killed off five penalties in the first period, and got a power play goal from Mattias Ritola. Two goals by Ryan Shannon in the second, one on the power play put the Lightning up 3-0 after two. The teams exchanged goals in the third, but the Lightning were able to hang on for a 5-2 victory.