The Lightning are only a win away from capturing their second straight Stanley Cup title, however the mayor of Tampa would not need them to go too quick.
Mayor Jane Castor advised reporters on Sunday that she needs to see the Lightning maintain again on capturing the Stanley Cup in Montreal and wait till a possible Sport 5, which might be held in Tampa, on Wednesday.
“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, but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” Castor mentioned, based on Spectrum Bay Information 9. “But they are playing some amazing, amazing hockey.”
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As a consequence of journey restrictions in Canada, Lightning followers dwelling within the U.S. should not in a position to journey to Montreal to see the Stanley Cup Ultimate because the border stays closed by way of July 21 for all nonessential journey between the 2 neighboring nations. The ban extends even to household of the Lightning gamers. The NHL and NHLPA lobbied for the Canadian authorities to make an exception for staff members of the family, however the border stays closed to all dwelling within the U.S., based on ESPN.
Except for the apparent proven fact that groups should not allowed to willfully throw a recreation, the Lightning would in fact not like to present the Canadiens any probability of a comeback. The Stanley Cup Ultimate has seen just one staff come again from a 3-0 deficit — the 1942 Maple Leafs over the Crimson Wings — however the truth that it has occurred earlier than is all the rationale a staff would wish to not wish to turn out to be the second to permit it to occur.
Tampa has dominated the sequence in opposition to Montreal. The Lightning outscored the Canadiens a mixed 14-5 by way of the primary three video games as they appear to seal their second straight Stanley Cup title and third in franchise historical past.