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Countdown to Thunder Week on Sun Sports provides countdown to Opening Night

by Staff Writer / Tampa Bay Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. – With the start of the 2014-15 NHL regular season just over a week away, Sun Sports, the regional television home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, will be providing the perfect countdown to opening night by introducing “Countdown to Thunder Week” for hockey fans throughout North / Central Florida.



“Countdown to Thunder Week” will begin on Friday, Oct. 3rd at 9:00 p.m. with the premiere of “Lightning Preseason Special.” From the debut of the preseason special through Wednesday evening, Oct. 8th, Sun Sports will feature more than 30 hours of Lightning programming, including replays of six of the best Bolts victories from last season and the premiere of a “Top 10 Best of Moments from 2013-14” show. All the coverage will lead Lightning fans up to the Thursday, Oct. 9th season opener versus the rival Florida Panthers.

The “Lightning Preseason Special” show will feature an interview with Jack Adams Award finalist Head Coach Jon Cooper, as well as interviews with Lightning teammates Ben Bishop, Steven Stamkos, Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle, Anton Stralman and Calder Trophy finalists Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat. On Saturday, Oct. 4th, at 9:00 p.m., an all-new show titled “The Countdown to Thunder” will celebrate the top ten moments of the 2014 Tampa Bay Lightning season, some of which include Steven Stamkos recording his sixth career hat-trick, Ben Bishop setting the team record for saves in a game and the Lightning winning the highest scoring shoot-out in NHL history.

Countdown to Thunder Week on Sun Sports Schedule:

Friday, Oct. 3rd

7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks classic game replay (10/5/13)
9:00 p.m. “Lightning Preseason Special” premiere
9:30 p.m. “Inside the Lightning: We Walk Together Forever”
10:30 p.m. “Inside the Lightning: The Captain and The Cup”
11:00 p.m. “Lightning Preseason Special” replay
11:30 p.m. “Inside the Lightning: Celebration of the Arts”
12:00 a.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks classic game replay (10/5/13)

Saturday, Oct. 4th

7:00 p.m. Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning classic game replay (10/10/13)
9:00 p.m. “Countdown to Thunder” premiere
9:30 p.m. “Lightning Preseason Special” replay
10:00 p.m. “Inside the Lightning: We Walk Together Forever”
11:00 p.m. “Inside the Lightning: The Captain and The Cup”
11:30 p.m. “Countdown to Thunder” replay
12:00 a.m. Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning classic game replay (10/10/13)

Sunday, Oct. 5th

7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders classic game replay (12/17/13)
9:00 p.m. “Countdown to Thunder” replay
9:30 p.m. “Lightning Preseason Special” replay
10:00 p.m. “Inside the Lightning: We Walk Together Forever”
11:00 p.m. “Inside the Lightning: The Captain and The Cup”
11:30 p.m. “Inside the Lightning: Celebration of the Arts”
12:00 a.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders classic game replay (12/17/13)

Monday, Oct. 6th

7:00 p.m. Colorado Avalanche at Tampa Bay Lightning classic game replay (1/25/14)
9:00 p.m. “Countdown to Thunder” replay
9:30 p.m. “Lightning Preseason Special” replay
10:00 p.m. “Inside the Lightning: We Walk Together Forever”
11:00 p.m. “Inside the Lightning: The Captain and The Cup”
11:30 p.m. “Inside the Lightning: Celebration of the Arts”
12:00 a.m. Colorado Avalanche at Tampa Bay Lightning classic game replay (1/25/14)

Tuesday, Oct. 7th

7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs classic game replay (3/19/14)
9:00 p.m. “Countdown to Thunder” replay
9:30 p.m. “Lightning Preseason Special” replay
10:00 p.m. “Inside the Lightning: Celebration of the Arts”
10:30 p.m. “Inside the Lightning: We Walk Together Forever”
11:30 p.m. “Inside the Lightning: The Captain and The Cup”
12:00 a.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs classic game replay (3/19/14)

Wednesday, Oct. 8th

7:00 p.m. Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning classic game replay (4/1/14)
9:00 p.m. “Countdown to Thunder” replay
9:30 p.m. “Lightning: Preseason Special” replay
10:00 p.m. “Inside the Lightning: We Walk Together Forever”
11:00 p.m. “Inside the Lightning: The Captain and The Cup”
11:30 p.m. “Inside the Lightning: Celebration of the Arts
12:00 a.m. Montreal Canadiens at Tampa Bay Lightning classic game replay (4/1/14)

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