Seems the Stanley Cup goes to Montreal in any case.
However it’s going to return to the Tampa Bay Lightning‘s possession for an prolonged social gathering.
After the Lightning celebrated a second consecutive championship with one other signature Champa Bay boat parade on Monday, hockey’s holy grail wanted to be despatched north of the border for repairs. The bowl of the 128-year-old was dented to the purpose it seemed like Flat Stanley Cup.
It has been broken and stuck earlier than, together with when the 2018 champion Washington Capitals did “Cup” stands after successful the primary NHL tile in franchise historical past. The Cup continues to be scheduled to be prepared for the beginning of the Lightning’s summer season of Stanley that gamers didn’t get to take pleasure in after successful final fall.
“What we’re hoping is getting two days with the Cup: back-to-back days,” three-in-a-row champion Patrick Maroon stated final week.
The second Lightning boat parade in 10 months was becoming of that want for extra celebration. Captain Steven Stamkos wore a T-shirt bearing the message “BACK TO BOAT,” and the back-to-back champs have been toasted with a ship parade on the Hillsborough River, with hundreds of followers not burdened by COVID-19 restrictions gathering downtown to affix the enjoyable.
The scene — 5 days after the Lightning closed out a five-game Stanley Cup Closing win over the Montreal Canadiens — hardly resembled the riverfront gathering organized after the workforce received final 12 months’s title whereas taking part in in empty arenas due to the pandemic.
Dozens of residents on boats and different watercraft loved an in depth view of vessels carrying gamers and coaches. A post-parade rally in a downtown park was delayed greater than an hour when a heavy thunderstorm accompanied by gusting winds despatched followers scattering for canopy.
Finally, Lightning proprietor Jeff Vinik and gamers took the rostrum to handle the gang in a gradual rain.
At one level, ahead Yanni Gourde slid throughout the stage on a trolley whereas another gamers and coach Jon Cooper climbed all the way down to work together with followers alongside barricades.
Pack it up, pack it in, let the summer season start for Montreal Canadiens
Forwards Alex Killorn and Nikita Kucherov took to the water, circling boats and cruising alongside the river financial institution on a jet ski.
Playoff MVP Andrei Vasilevskiy positioned the Conn Smythe Trophy on his head, a lot to the delight of drenched spectators soaked by the rain and champagne sprayed by gamers.
It’s the third time in 10 months that the Tampa Bay area has celebrated an expert sports activities title with a novel parade idea Tampa officers developed to offer the Lightning and the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers a solution to social gathering safely with followers through the pandemic.
The Bucs have been honored 5 months in the past after successful the Tremendous Bowl for the primary time in 18 years, with hundreds lining the downtown riverfront whereas being inspired to put on masks and observe social-distancing practices.
The February celebration capped a magical postseason run the Tom Brady-led Bucs started by successful three straight playoff video games on the street earlier than ending the journey by turning into the primary workforce to win a Tremendous Bowl performed in its residence stadium.
Brady additionally supplied essentially the most memorable second of the parade, shockingly tossing the Lombardi Trophy from one boat to a different the place tight finish Cameron Brate caught it for essentially the most well-known reception of his profession.
The Lombardi Trophy weighs seven kilos, whereas the Stanley Cup is 34 1/2 kilos and is now day-to-day with an upper-trophy harm.
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