From then until now
By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 10, 2003
When the Lightning last made the playoffs in the spring of 1996:
* The team played at the ThunderDome in St. Petersburg.
* The team was owned by a mysterious Japanese company.
* Wayne Gretzky still played.
* Hartford and Winnipeg had NHL teams.
* Major-league baseball had yet to debut in Tampa Bay.
* South Florida hadn't launched its football program.
* Princess Diana, Mother Teresa, Joe Dimaggio and Frank Sinatra were alive.
* Mario Lemeiux hadn't retired, taken over ownership of the Penguins or returned to play.
* Dale Earnhardt had yet to win the Daytona 500.
* Roger Maris held baseball's single-season home run record at 61.
* Jon Gruden was offensive coordinator of the Eagles.
* The Yankees hadn't won the World Series since 1978.
* No one had heard of Monica Lewinsky.
Back to the Lightning
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Meet the Washington Capitals
Lightning players and their roles
Capitals vs. Lightning: 2002-3 game by game
Drumroll, please ...
About the playoffs
High profile: Martin St. Louis
Where are they now: 1995-96 Tampa Bay Lightning
From then until now
Some storylines to consider
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NL: Chicago's Prior wins duel
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No. 8 Islanders shock regular-season champ
Villanova escapes sanctions
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Another crew chief exits early for Jarrett
County association honors season's best
PHU's Hofer perfect
Top seniors put on flashy display
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Soccer players say Semper Fi
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