Three weeks shy of his 30th birthday, Ondrej Palat is on pace to set a career high in goals during a shortened 56-game regular season.
The left wing is Tampa Bay’s leading scorer on the power play and second on the team in goals.
Tampa Bay overcomes a two-goal deficit with two quick third-period tallies by Anthony Cirelli and Steven Stamkos.
The team will open its home arena to the general public for the first time this season starting with the March 13 game against the Predators.
An avid outdoorsman, the goaltender was looking for a unique way to celebrate Tampa Bay’s Stanley Cup win.


  1. In this Feb. 21, 2015, photo, Jack O'Callahan, left, and Mark Pavelich of the 1980 U.S. hockey team talk during a "Relive the Miracle" reunion at Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid, N.Y. Pavelich died at a Minnesota treatment center for mental illness Thursday. He was 63. The cause and manner of death are pending.
  2. Three weeks shy of his 30th birthday, Ondrej Palat is on pace to set a career high in goals during a shortened 56-game regular season.
  3. The Lightning's Alex Killorn, left, reacts after scoring the game-winning goal against Chicago Blackhawks goalie Kevin Lankinen, right, and Adam Boqvist during overtime.
  4. Walter Gretzky, father of Canadian hockey player Wayne Gretzky, yells encouragement from the stands at the start of the  Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002 in Provo, Utah. Walter Gretzky has died at age 82.
  5. The Lightning will open Amalie Arena to a limited-capacity crowd of no more than 3,800 fans starting with their March 13 game against the Nashville Predators.
  6. Lightning goalteder Curtis McElhinney, left, tries to stop a shot by Florida Panthers left wing Anthony Duclair (91) during a game last month in Tampa.
  7. Linesman Pierre Racicot, left, escorts the Lightning's Brayden Point (21) to the penalty box after Point and the Stars' Andrew Cogliano fought in the third period of Tuesday's game in Dallas.
  8. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy blocks a shot made by Dallas Stars center Andrew Cogliano (11) as Mikhail Sergachev (98), Brayden Point (21) and Ondrej Palat (18) help defend on the play in the first period.
  9. Defenseman Ryan McDonagh, right, battling Chicago Blackhawks left wing Alex DeBrincat (12) in front of goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, logs the most time on the Lightning penalty kill.
  10. St. Petersburg resident Sara Fludd will receive help from the Vinik Sports Group to promote her small business, "Pop Goes the Waffle," through the new "Backing the Bay" program unveiled Monday.
  11. Lightning center Anthony Cirelli, pictured during a game earlier this season against the Blackhawks, had a goal and an assist in his return to the lineup following a six-game absence.
  12. The Lightning's Anthony Cirelli (71) celebrates his goal with Victor Hedman, center, and Steven Stamkos, as the Stars' Radek Faksa skates past during the second period Saturday at Amalie Arena.
  13. Steven Stamkos, right, races the Stars' Joel Hanley to the puck during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final in September at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.
  14. Against the backdrop of the University of Tampa's minarets, Victor Hedman hoists the Stanley Cup during a Sept. 30 championship boat parade.
  15. Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) works to keep the puck out of the net during the second period of Wednesday's victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at Amalie Arena.
  16. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (81), goaltender Curtis McElhinney (35), and defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) battle to keep Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) from the net during first period action at Amalie Arena on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 in Tampa.
  17. Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton (19) picks up a holding penalty against Lightning center Blake Coleman during the first period Thursday at Amalie Arena.
  18. Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) works to keep the puck out against Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal (11) during second period action at Amalie Arena on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021 in Tampa.
  19. Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77), celebrates with Ross Colton, second from left, defenseman Jan Rutta, second from right, and left wing Alex Killorn (17), after Colton scored his first NHL goal.
  20. The struggling Montreal Canadiens fired head coach Claude Julien, back left, Wednesday following a three-game skid. Assistant coach Dominique Ducharme, back right, was appointed interim coach.
  21. Lightning center Yanni Gourde had two new linemates on Monday night and developed instant chemistry with Alex Killorn and Alex Barre-Boulet in Tampa Bay's 4-2 win.