Un­til the Pan­thers start to grow up, Philly’s the tar­get of Tampa’s rage

The Hockey News - Rivalries 2014 - - Team Vs. Team -

AS ONE OF THE NHL’S newer fran­chises, the Light­ning don’t have a wealth of great play­off his­tory – the place where many ri­val­ries de­velop – and the lack of suc­cess of the crossstate Florida Pan­thers has put a damper on that nat­u­ral feud. The Bolts’ best ri­valry at present is with the Philadel­phia Fly­ers.

Why? The Light­ning have faced off against them twice in the post-sea­son, in­clud­ing 2004, when they beat Philly in seven games in the East­ern fi­nal be­fore win­ning the Stan­ley Cup. The bad blood lin­gered seven years later, when then-Fly­ers coach Peter Lavi­o­lette showed his dis­plea­sure with Bolts bench boss Guy Boucher’s de­fen­sive sys­tem by hav­ing his team


ba­si­cally hold onto the puck and stop play­ing.

There have also been some high-pro­file play­ers who’ve went from Tampa to Philadel­phia and vice versa, in­clud­ing Vincent Le­cav­a­lier and de­fense­man Matt Carle, who was traded from the Light­ning to Philly in 2008 only to re­turn to the Bolts in 2012 as a free agent.

The two teams meet Oct. 30, Dec. 16 and Jan. 12.

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