The Wells Fargo Center is one of the most unforgiving places in the NHL for visiting fans, but one Tampa Bay Lightning rooter was rewarded for his bravery Saturday.
Josh Kerr, a Lightning fan from Philadelphia who wore the jersey-shirt of Tampa Bay forward Tyler Johnson, caught one of Johnson's sticks that was knocked out of his hands and over the glass during the third period of Tampa Bay's road game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
"I think it's ironic that I got to catch Tyler Johnson's stick after wearing his jersey," Kerr said. "First time I caught anything, so I'm happy."
Kerr lived for a time just outside Johnson's hometown of Spokane, Washington, and became a Lightning fan after living in Tampa for a few years. Johnson was excited when he found out a fan wearing his paraphernalia came down with his stick.
"Someone told me someone with my jersey caught it. That's pretty cool," he said. "Glad I can give a souvenir to someone who cares."
The circumstance was appropriate for the kind of day it was for Johnson and Lightning fans. Johnson scored a power-play goal, and despite being outshot 32-18, the Lightning left Philadelphia with a 3-0 victory.
With NHL Real-Time Correspondents Lukas Emory and Courtney Kramer