Steven Stamkos scored 2 goals along with 1 assist while Eric Cernak scored the tiebreaking goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the early 3r period as the team won over Los Angeles Kings by 4-2. The game was held on Wednesday night and was the first sporting event at the Staples Center located in LA after the death of the famed NBA player Kobe Bryant.
Before the game, a pregame somber ceremony was held in honor of Kobe Bryant as well as the other 8 people who died with him in the helicopter crash that took place on Sunday. The 2 jerseys worn by Kobe were hung high on the building’s walls. Kobe had retired from the LA Lakers as the home superstar after playing 17 years of his 20 total years in NBA.
Both of the teams competing in the field were wearing helmets with stickers that featured the number 8 and no. 24 jerseys of Kobe Bryant on the gold heart with the words written ‘Kobe’ and ‘Gigi’, who was Kobe’s 13 years old daughter.
All of the Los Angeles Kings players came to the game while wearing the jersey of Kobe Bryant while the Tampa Bay Lightning players wore the purple T-shirts with a helmet having the same logo as the Kings.
Tampa Bay Lightning made a late rally during the 2nd period to come back from the 2-goal deficit and Cernak had his 4th goal of the season during the 3rd period.
The 4th goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning was scored by Tyler Johnson while their goalie stopped 32 shots.
As for the 2 goals of Los Angeles Kings, they were scored by Tyler Toffoli and Alex Iafallo respectively as the last-placed Kings in the division lost their 5th game in a row.