Tampa Bay Lightning begin quest for third consecutive Stanley Cup

Outside Amalie Arena before a Lightning game

Go Bolts! The Tampa Bay Lighting are back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and their run to a three-peat begins in a series against the tough Toronto Maple Leafs. Whether you love hockey or not, nothing compares to the Amalie Arena experience. Before you even arrive to the arena, a local Zamboni is ready and waiting to cart you to Amalie from Downtown Tampa.

“Stammer and Kuch and Palat, let’s be honest, are on a little bit of a historic run,” said head coach Jon Cooper to media ahead of tonight’s matchup. “A coach’s job is not to get in the way of players when they’ve got some good things going. It’s when they aren’t going, how you’re going to help them out.”

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are 2-1-1 against their Atlantic Division rivals. They’ll begin the series away in Toronto. The games will return to Amalie Arena in Tampa May 6 and May 8.

Tampa Bay Lightning face the Toronto Maple Leafs

Both teams had remarkable regular seasons, and while betting odds are currently in favor of the Tampa Bay Lightning pulling out a victory, critics and analysts are split.

Stamkos is operating a whole other offensive level right now. He finished the regular season with more than 100 goals, even recording a hat trick in the final game of the season. This propelled Stamkos past Vincent Lecavalier for the franchise record of most consecutive multi-point games.

Want to put yourself in the Tampa Bay Lightning spirit? Check out this wild lawn display from a Superfan celebrating the teams’ triumphs.

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