TAMPA, Fla. — The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions, Tampa Bay Lightning, will host watch parties for the first two games of their first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Both official Lightning Playoff Watch Parties will take place at Sparkman Wharf and start at 6:30 p.m. No chairs will be allowed on the lawn.
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"Parties will feature live entertainment, appearances from ThunderBug and other Lightning personalities, as well as giveaways, concession specials and more," according to a Lightning press release.
The watch party for Game 1, which will be presented by Bud Light, will be Monday, May 2. The watch party for Game 2 will be Wednesday, May 4.
The Bolts return to Amalie Arena on Friday for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series. Puck drop for that game is set for 7:30 p.m.
During the regular season, the Maple Leafs finished with a record of 54-21-7 and 115 points. The Lightning finished 51-23-8
and 110 points.
“This team won 51 games, and that’s a hell of an accomplishment, but it will be long forgotten once we get to Toronto, because it’s, you know, a whole different season now," said Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper after the team's final regular-season game.
The Lightning are competing for their third-straight title, an accomplishment that hasn't been achieved by any team since the New York Islanders won four in a row in the early eighties.