In the November 13th game against the San Jose Sharks, the Tampa Bay Lightning were back in black wearing their new black third jersey. As a gift each fan was welcomed to the game with a black ‘Be the Thunder’ t-shirt on their seats presented by Chase.
Chase is also helping the Lightning by presenting a new 4 game plan that starts at $100. Fans who purchase tickets to any 4 Saturday games will receive a free Ryan Callahan Reebok Official player t-shirt. Paying with your Chase credit or debit card will also secure you a Ryan Callahan signed puck. Back in Black plan t-shirt vouchers and puck can be picked up at the Lakewood Ranch Client Services Desk starting November 13. Plans can be bought here.
It is in their earlier black jerseys that the Lightning won the Stanley Cup and the team is hoping that the change will bring them luck. Fans were torn between whether they liked the jerseys or not, with the majority swinging towards liking them.
Thursday night’s game saw Tyler Kennedy getting his first goal of the season at 10:37 into the second period in front of a crowd of 19,004. Standing at 9-7-2 on the season, San Jose outshot the Lightning 39-33 and kept a 31-17 advantage after two periods. The Lightning are 11-4-2 on the season, but are 5-3-1 against the Western Conference.
The Lightning got on the board in the third when Steven Stamkos deflected his 11th goal of the season past Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi. This cut San Jose’s lead 2-1. They couldn’t rally to get the win and fell to the Sharks for the third straight time. The last time the Lightning managed to defeat the Sharks was was in the 2011-12 season in a 6-5 overtime victory on Feb. 16, 2012.
Tampa plays one last home game on Saturday against the New York Islanders at Amalie Arena before they go on the road. They will go on the road for three games when they play the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
You can purchase the new jersey and a variety of other Bolts gear here.
What do you think of the black jerseys?