First through the gate: Tron Luttrell and Carol Cinnamon of Knoxville, Tenn.
First sucking up to the host: Actor Alan Thicke strolled out on a red carpet to center ice and proclaimed Tampa as "the new hockey capital of the world."
First standing ovation: Lightning president and general manager Phil Esposito.
First Lightning player on the ice: goaltender Wendell Young.
First Lightning starters: goaltender Wendell Young; defensemen Rob Ramage and Peter Taglianetti; forwards Adam Creighton, Mikael Andersson and Chris Kontos.
First puck dropped: 8:23 p.m.
First Lightning shot: right wing Stan Drulia at the 1:34 mark of the first period.
First penalty: Lightning left wing Mike Hartman for interference at 2:28 of the first period.
First fight: Lightning center Anatoli Semenov and Chicago center Mike Hudson.
First goal: Lightning left wing Chris Kontos at 4:23 of the first. He scored again 58 seconds later.