There is a storm entrance coming — and it isn’t simply the surging Canadiens.
Whereas the Lightning and Canadiens are battling one another on the ice, the 2 groups can even be battling the weather. Tropical Storm Elsa is bearing down on Tampa Bay.
“Yeah, it’s no surprise anymore,” stated Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme on Tuesday morning earlier than the workforce left Montreal to get to Florida prematurely of the storm. “I think anything that happens right now and for a while, we just take it and look at it, and say it’s probably part of our destiny. It’s been crazy. But we’re a crazy bunch of guys in here, and we’re going to take that challenge.”
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The Canadiens prolonged the Stanley Cup Final after they received a dramatic Sport 4 in additional time on a Josh Anderson rebound tally. Tampa Bay leads the best-of-seven sequence 3-1.
“We missed an opportunity last night,” Lightning defenseman Ryan McDonagh stated. “Our group knows that. And you turn the page pretty quick here this morning and you realize what a great opportunity you have here as a team, as a group and as an organization up 3-1 in the series and you’ve got to win one more and you’re going into obviously a place you’re familiar with, with a fan base that’s going to be behind us and we’ve got to go out there and give it our best effort and try to win one hockey game.”
Sport 5 is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday at Amalie Enviornment; Elsa is ready to make landfall within the morning. Winds ranging between 39 and 73 mph, rain and storm surges are anticipated for the “Sunshine City” starting as early as Tuesday afternoon. There may be concern that the tropical storm might strengthen whereas spinning over the Gulf of Mexico and change into a Class 1 hurricane earlier than hitting town. A hurricane watch has been ordered because the storm is reporting winds round 70 mph as of 1:45 p.m. ET, in line with the Nationwide Hurricane Heart (75 mph would make it a Class 1.)
The world isn’t removed from Garrison Channel. Deputy commissioner Billy Daly advised The Related Press’ Stephen Whyno the NHL “will continue to monitor and make a call when we have to. We do have an amount of flexibility.”
“This whole season has been kind of chaotic, kind of hectic,” famous Canadiens ahead Corey Perry “We’ve kind of gone through everything between COVID, the way we played some nights to everything. And now, yeah you’re right, we are potentially going into a hurricane. Hopefully, we get there, we get their safe and, and we get to play that game tomorrow night and then come back here.”
Other than the groups touring Tuesday, the Stanley Cup additionally headed again throughout the border. If Tampa Bay can win in entrance of their followers on Wednesday — greater than 16,000 are anticipated, as of now, to pack the constructing — it will signify the tip of the 2021 NHL season. If not, groups will likely be hopping flights again to Montreal.