2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning season

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2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning
Division 4th Southeast
Conference 14th Eastern
2012–13 record 18–26–4
Home record 12–10–2
Road record 6–16–2
Goals for 148
Goals against 150
Team information
General Manager Steve Yzerman
Coach Guy Boucher (Oct–Mar)[1]
Jon Cooper (Mar/Apr)[2]
Captain Vincent Lecavalier
Alternate captains Mattias Ohlund
Martin St. Louis
Steven Stamkos
Arena Tampa Bay Times Forum
Average attendance 19,056 (99.2%)
Team leaders
Goals Steven Stamkos (29)
Assists Martin St. Louis (43)
Points Martin St. Louis (60)
Penalties in minutes B. J. Crombeen (112)
Plus/minus (+): Benoit Pouliot (8)
(−): Brian Lee (-13 −13)
Wins Anders Lindback (10)
Goals against average Anders Lindback
Mathieu Garon (2.90)
<2011–12 2013–14>

The 2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning season was the franchise’s 20th season (21st season of operation) in the National Hockey League (NHL). The regular season was reduced from its usual 82 games to 48 due to a lockout.

Regular season[edit]

The Lightning began the season with one of the best starts in franchise history, earning a 6–1–0 record. Since that seventh game, however, the team went 7–16–1, falling to 14th out of 15 teams in the Eastern Conference. This led general manager Steve Yzerman to fire head coach Guy Boucher on March 24, 2013. Boucher was in his third year as the team's head coach.[1][3]

One day later, the Lightning named Jon Cooper as the team's new head coach. Cooper was first hired by the organization in 2010 to coach the Lightning's AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, and after the Lightning changed affiliates, the Syracuse Crunch. While coaching the Admirals in the 2011–12 AHL season, the team won 28 consecutive games, and would go on to win the Calder Cup, sweeping the championship series. At the time of Cooper's naming as Lightning head coach, 10 players on the team's roster had played for Cooper in Syracuse at some point during the season.[2]

With goaltending having been an issue for the team all season, on April 3, the day of the trade deadline, the Lightning acquired Ben Bishop from the Ottawa Senators. In return, the Lightning dealt rookie left wing Cory Conacher, who at the time was second in the league in points among first-year players with 24, and led all rookies in assists with 15. The Lightning also gave up a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.[4]

The Lightning tied the Montreal Canadiens for the fewest shorthanded goals scored, with 0.[5]

Standings[edit]

Divisional standings[edit]

Southeast Division[6]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y – Washington Capitals 48 27 18 3 24 149 130 57
2 Winnipeg Jets 48 24 21 3 22 128 144 51
3 Carolina Hurricanes 48 19 25 4 18 128 160 42
4 Tampa Bay Lightning 48 18 26 4 17 148 150 40
5 Florida Panthers 48 15 27 6 12 112 171 36


Conference standings[edit]

Eastern Conference[7]
R Div GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 z – Pittsburgh Penguins AT 48 36 12 0 33 165 119 72
2 y – Montreal Canadiens NE 48 29 14 5 26 149 126 63
3 y – Washington Capitals SE 48 27 18 3 24 149 130 57
4 Boston Bruins NE 48 28 14 6 24 131 109 62
5 Toronto Maple Leafs NE 48 26 17 5 26 145 133 57
6 New York Rangers AT 48 26 18 4 22 130 112 56
7 Ottawa Senators NE 48 25 17 6 21 116 104 56
8 New York Islanders AT 48 24 17 7 20 139 139 55
9 Winnipeg Jets SE 48 24 21 3 22 128 144 51
10 Philadelphia Flyers AT 48 23 22 3 22 133 141 49
11 New Jersey Devils AT 48 19 19 10 17 112 129 48
12 Buffalo Sabres NE 48 21 21 6 14 125 143 48
13 Carolina Hurricanes SE 48 19 25 4 18 128 160 42
14 Tampa Bay Lightning SE 48 18 26 4 17 148 150 40
15 Florida Panthers SE 48 15 27 6 12 112 171 36

Divisions: AT – Atlantic, NE – Northeast, SE – Southeast

bold – Qualified for playoffs, y – Won division, z – Won best record in conference


Schedule and results[edit]

The Tampa Bay Lightning 20th Anniversary patch

Preseason[edit]

As a result of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, the entire preseason was canceled.[8]

Regular season[edit]

Due to the 2012–13 NHL lockout, the Lightning's original 82-game schedule was reduced to a 48-game schedule in which they would face only teams from the Eastern Conference.[9]

2012–13 Game Log
2012–13 Regular Season Schedule

Lightning score listed first;       Win (2 Points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)


Player stats[edit]

Final stats[60]

Goaltenders
Regular Season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Lindback, AndersAnders Lindback 24 21 1304:11 10 10 1 63 2.90 642 .902 0 0 1 0
Garon, MathieuMathieu Garon 18 16 910:04 5 9 2 44 2.90 427 .897 0 0 0 0
Bishop, BenBen Bishop 9 9 502:26 3 4 1 25 2.99 302 .917 1 0 0 2
Desjardins, CedrickCedrick Desjardins 3 2 160:06 0 3 0 8 3.00 73 .890 0 0 0 0
Totals 48 2876:47 21 23 4 140 2.92 1444 .903 1 0 1 2

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Tampa Bay. Stats reflect time with Tampa Bay only.
Traded to Tampa Bay mid-season.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

Regular season
Player Award Awarded
Martin St. Louis[61] NHL Third Star of the Week January 28, 2013
Steven Stamkos[62] NHL Second Star of the Week February 25, 2013
Steven Stamkos[63] NHL First Star of the Month (February) March 1, 2013
Martin St. Louis[64] Art Ross Trophy April 2013
Martin St. Louis[65] Lady Byng Memorial Trophy June 14, 2013

Milestones[edit]

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Cory Conacher 1st career NHL game
1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
January 19, 2013
Teddy Purcell 100th career NHL assist January 19, 2013
Vincent Lecavalier 1,000th career NHL game January 21, 2013
Alexander Killorn 1st career NHL game
1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
February 10, 2013
Richard Panik 1st career NHL game February 12, 2013
B. J. Crombeen 300th career NHL game February 14, 2013
Alexander Killorn 1st career NHL goal February 16, 2013
Brian Lee 200th career NHL game February 19, 2013
Richard Panik 1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
February 23, 2013
Ondrej Palat 1st career NHL game
1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
March 4, 2013
Tom Pyatt 200th career NHL game March 9, 2013
Radko Gudas 1st career NHL game March 12, 2013
Keith Aulie 100th career NHL game March 14, 2013
Tyler Johnson 1st career NHL game March 14, 2013
Teddy Purcell 300th career NHL game March 16, 2013
Tyler Johnson 1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
March 16, 2013
Ondrej Palat 1st career NHL goal March 16, 2013
Matt Carle 500th career NHL game March 18, 2013
Steven Stamkos 200th career NHL goal March 18, 2013
Radko Gudas 1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
March 20, 2013
Richard Panik 1st career NHL assist March 23, 2013
Andrej Sustr 1st career NHL game March 29, 2013
Nate Thompson 300th career NHL game April 6, 2013
Mark Barberio 1st career NHL game April 9, 2013
Pierre-Cedric Labrie 1st career NHL goal April 9, 2013
Martin St. Louis 900th career NHL point April 9, 2013
Sami Salo 800th career NHL game April 13, 2013


Transactions[edit]

The Lightning have been involved in the following transactions during the 2012–13 season.

Trades[edit]

Date
Details
June 15, 2012[66] To Nashville Predators
Sebastien Caron
Two 2nd-round picks in 2012
3rd-round pick in 2013
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Anders Lindback
Kyle Wilson
7th-round pick in 2012
June 23, 2012[67] To Boston Bruins
Michel Ouellet
5th-round pick in 2012
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Benoit Pouliot (negotiating rights)
July 10, 2012[68] To St. Louis Blues
4th-round pick in 2013
4th-round pick in 2014
To Tampa Bay Lightning
B. J. Crombeen
5th-round pick in 2014
January 21, 2013[69] To Florida Panthers
Future Considerations
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Jean-Francois Jacques
February 14, 2013[70] To Montreal Canadiens
Dustin Tokarski
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Cedrick Desjardins
March 11, 2013[71] To Anaheim Ducks
Kyle Wilson
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Dan Sexton
April 2, 2013[72] To Carolina Hurricanes
Marc-Andre Bergeron
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Adam Hall
7th-round pick in 2013
April 2, 2013[73] To Chicago Blackhawks
Kirill Gotovets
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Philippe Paradis
April 3, 2013[74] To Ottawa Senators
Cory Conacher
4th-round pick in 2013
To Tampa Bay Lightning
Ben Bishop