Lightning is just a win since winning the second consecutive Stanley Cup title, but the mayor of Tampa doesn’t want them to go too fast.
Mayor Jane Castor told reporters Sunday that she wants to see Lightning hold back the Stanley Cup win in Montreal and await a potential Game 5 to be held in Tampa on Wednesday.
“What we’d like is for Lightning to make it a little easier, give the Canadians just the slightest break, allow them to win at home, and then bring him back to the Amalie Arena for the finals and win the Stanley Cup, but we don’t want to go ahead,” Castor said. , according to Spectrum Bay News 9. “But they play amazing, amazing hockey.”
Due to travel restrictions in Canada, Lightning fans living in the US cannot travel to Montreal to see the Stanley Cup finals as the border remains closed until July 21 for all unimportant trips between the two neighboring states. The ban applies even to the family of Lightning players. The NHL and NHLPA have lobbied for the Canadian government to make an exception for family members, but the border remains closed to anyone living in the United States, according to ESPN.
Aside from the obvious fact that teams must not intentionally throw a game, Lightning would of course not want to give the Canadians any chance to come back. In the Stanley Cup final, only one team came back from a 3-0 deficit – Maple Leafs 1942 over the Red Wings – but the fact that it happened and above all is the reason why the team should not want to become second to allow this to happen.
Tampa dominated the series against Montreal. Lightning outscored the Canadiens 14-5 in the first three games, while looking to seal their second consecutive Stanley Cup title and third in franchise history.