Clear79° FULL FORECASTClear79° FULL FORECAST
Make us your home page
Instagram

Bucs Beat

Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Koetter: 'Jealous as hell' of Lightning success, but pulling for them

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he's pulling hard for the Lightning as they try to close out the Penguins and advance to a second straight Stanley Cup final.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he's pulling hard for the Lightning as they try to close out the Penguins and advance to a second straight Stanley Cup final.

Bucs players have been regular guests at Amalie Arena pulling for the Lightning in the Stanley Cup playoffs -- Jameis Winston, Kwon Alexander, Vincent Jackson and Gerald McCoy have been among the fans in attendance, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins was the Lightning's social media captain in their Game 4 win.

And now Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he's pulling hard for the Lightning as they try to close out the Penguins and advance to a second straight Stanley Cup final.

"Absolutely," Koetter said, asked if he'll watch tonight's Game 6. "Are you kidding me? This town's on fire for the Lightning. Got the whole town excited. You can't go anywhere without seeing those blue shirts, blue hats, blue banners. We're rooting for them 100 percent. Go Lightning!"

Asked if it's encouraging to see how Tampa Bay rallies around a winning team, Koetter said he wants to find the same phenomenon with the Bucs.

"Shoot, I'm jealous as hell. I'm extremely jealous of what they've got going," he said. "That certainly gives us something to work for."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 24, 2016 2:19pm]

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...