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Stanley Cup Tampa mayor hopes Lightning lose Game 4 against Canadiens win

Stanley Cup Tampa mayor hopes Lightning lose Game 4 against Canadiens win

Stanley Cup Tampa mayor hopes Lightning lose Game 4 against Canadiens win

Tampa Bay Lightning could hoist Stanley Cup with win Monday Mon, 05 Jul 2021 05:00:00 -0700-Tampa mayor Jane Castro says that the Lightning should lose Game 4 against the Montreal Canadiens so that the team can win the Stanley Cup at home.

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Tampa mayor hopes Lightning lose Game 4 against Canadiens, win Stanley Cup at home

July 05, 2021

Tampa mayor Jane Castor says the Tampa Bay Lightning, who are on the verge on clinching their second consecutive Stanley Cup, should let the Montreal Canadiens win Game 4 in Canada so the defending champs can win it all at home and celebrate in front of fans.

Game 4 is Monday night in Montreal. The Lightning have commanding 3-0 lead and have not trailed in the series.

“What we would like is for the Lightning to take it a little bit easy, to give the Canadiens just the smallest break, allow them to win one at home, and then bring it back to the Amalie Arena for the final and the winning of the Stanley Cup,” Castor said. “We don't want to get ahead of ourselves. But they are playing some amazing, amazing hockey.”

Winning the Cup as soon as possible might be extra motivation for the Lightning. Although extremely rare, teams in the NHL have come back from 3-0 playoff deficits, the last time being in the 2014 Western Conference First Round, when the Los Angeles Kings eliminated the San Jose Sharks.

The last time in happened in the Stanley Cup Finals was in 1942 when the Detroit Red Wings blew a series lead against Toronto Maple Leafs. Five other NHL teams down 3-0 have rallied back to force a Game 7.

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Tampa mayor hopes Lightning lose Game 4 against Canadiens, win … Mon, 05 Jul 2021 05:00:00 -0700-One more win: that's what Tampa Bay Lightning fans are asking of their team as it sits on the cusp of back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships.

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Tampa Bay Lightning could hoist Stanley Cup with win Monday

July 05, 2021

One more win: that's what Tampa Bay Lightning fans are asking of their team as it sits on the cusp of back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships.

The Bolts are getting ready to take on the Montreal Canadiens for Game 4 at the Bell Centre Monday in what could be the final game of the NHL season.

Tampa Bay holds a commanding 3-0 series lead and has looked dominant for most of the series. Most recently they're coming off a 6-3 victory on Montreal's home ice.

It is hard to imagine longer odds for a team to come back from such a deficit as Montreal now faces. Only one team in NHL history has rallied from a 0-3 deficit in the Stanley Cup Final and that was all the way back in 1942 when the Toronto Maple Leafs came back to defeat the Detroit Red Wings,

And should Tampa Bay close out the series, they'd become just the seventh franchise in the NHL expansion era to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions. The Pittsburgh Penguins most recently did it in 2016 and 2017.

Both teams should be a little more well-rested, as they enjoyed two days off after Game 3.

Bolts fans will also be monitoring the status of Alex Killorn, who has missed the last two games. His status for Game 4 remains unknown at this time.

16,000 fans packed AMALIE Arena for the Game 3 watch party, and you can expect nothing less for what could be the closeout game Monday night. Should the Lightning lose, the series would extend to Game 5, scheduled for Wednesday night in Tampa, which may or may not be complicated by the arrival of Tropical Storm Elsa, depending on what the storm does.

Puck drop for Game 4 in Montreal is set for 8 p.m. Monday.


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– July 5, 2021

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