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The thunder rang … | The Journal of Montreal

The thunder rang ... |  The Journal of Montreal

TAMPA | Something strange happened about meeting at Amali Arena for the playoff game. The first was played in Tampa on July 7, when She Weber’s last game in the NHL.

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That’s yes! It was also the day the Lightning players won the Stanley Cup for the second season in a row. Other than that this time the result is very different.

In this third first-round clash with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the game, which Joan Cooper called the crucial game of the morning, was lost by lightning.

The visitors won 5-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Ilya Mikheyev scored twice in the empty net and did not make the game available to the host team so the score need not be true for the speed of the game.

Yes, the Leafs took the lead with goals from Morgan Reilly, Colin Blackwell and David Comf, but the lightning never gave up.

Drowned with punishments

An abrupt meeting with Matthew Dorche a few minutes before the start of the game allowed him to point out to the author of these lines that lightning has been playing in front of filled houses since 2015: the longest active streak in the NHL.

The motto “Be the Thunder” (“Be the Thunder”) has always been well-understood by Tampa supporters who seek to enhance the atmosphere inside the premises.

Also, despite the three-goal deficit, the thunder did not stop roaring, which probably kept Cooper’s troops alive. That and his men played with more discipline from half point.

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