Before the 2011-2012 season began, the Lightning signed Steven Stamkos to a 5-year contract, as well as brought back goalie Dwayne Roloson with a 1-year contract. The St. Pete Times Forum (now Tampa Bay Times Forum) underwent a huge transformation with additions that included a digital pipe organ, tesla coils, party deck, brand new seats with cup holders, and much more.
The Lightning opened up their season on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 7, which they won 5-1. Their first home game was against the Florida Panthers, which wasn’t until October 17th, which they lost 7-4.
Who doesn’t remember the 1-3-1 controversy with the Philadelphia Flyers? On November 9th, the Flyers purposely refused to play the puck during the 1-3-1 trap, which stirred tons of controversy.
- Victor Hedman was signed to a 5-year contract extension worth $20 million.
- Guy Boucher coached his 100th game on November 17th against the Penguins, which the Lightning won 4-1.
On December 8th, Marty St. Louis‘ 500th consecutive game, St. Louis ended up taking a puck to the face and only missed 4 games. He suffered facial and nasal fractures, but was back out on the ice on December 21st. The injury bug continued throughout the team in December which left Ryan Shannon with a lower body injury and Victor Hedman with a concussion.
- Acquired Mike Kostka and Evan Oberg from Florida in exchange for James Wright and Mike Vernace
- By the end of December, Stamkos had 43 points. His 26 goals not only led the team but also the entire league.
In December, the nickname YoYoBerg was given to Evan Oberg who had been recalled and reassigned several times between December and January.
- Acquired Brendan Mikkelson from Calgary in exchange for Blair Jones.
- Brett Connolly returned from Team Canada following World Junior Championships.
As the trade deadline approached in February, Steve Yzerman, Tampa Bay Lightning GM & VP, shook up Bolts Nation by trading away a few fan favorites. The first to go was Dominic Moore (as well as a second round draft pick), who was traded to the San Jose Sharks right before the Lightning/Sharks game, for a second round draft pick in the 2012 Draft. Steve Yzerman benched Pavel Kubina until a trade was worked out. Pavel Kubina was eventually was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for Jon Kalinski, a second round pick (2012 or 2013), and a fourth round pick in the 2013 Draft. The trade that really shook everything up was when the Lightning traded off Steve Downie to Colorado Avalanche for Kyle Quincey, who we then traded to the Detroit Red Wings for a first round draft pick in the 2012 Draft. The Lightning also traded Matt Fornataro to Chicago Blackhawks for Brandon Segal, traded a conditional 7th round draft pick in the 2013 Draft to Detroit Red Wings for Mike Commodore, traded Carter Ashton to Toronto Maple Leafs for Keith Aulie, and traded Matt Gilroy to Ottawa Senators for Brian Lee. Also claimed Tim Wallace off waivers from the NY Islanders.
Steven Stamkos scored his 50th goal against Boston March 13, and was the 7th player in NHL history to record two 50-goal seasons before his 23rd birthday. Stamkos also set a new NHL record by scoring his 5th OT goal of the season on March 31.
- Lightning signed Sebastien Carton to a 1-year NHL contract
- Lightning signed J.T. Brown to a 2-year NHL contract.
The Lightning ended the season with a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on April 7, where Steven Stamkos netted his 60th goal of the season, and Teddy Purcell’s second career hat trick was completed with the GWG.
The Lightning season ended with an overall record of 38 – 36 – 8 with a total of 84 points, they had a home record of 25 – 14 – 2 and a road record of 13 – 22 – 6.
Season Individual Records
- Steven Stamkos – 97
- Marty St. Louis – 74
- Teddy Purcell – 65
- Steven Stamkos – 60
- Marty St. Louis – 25
- Teddy Purcell – 24
- Steven Stamkos leads all NHL players with the most goals since the start of the 2009-2010 season with 156.
- Stamkos was the first NHL center to score 60 goals in a season since 1995-1996.
- Marty St. Louis is the Lightning’s all-time franchise leader with 9 regular OT goals.
- Guy Boucher has the highest winning percentage in franchise history with .570.