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Lightning watch party moved per NHL policy

Fans pile inside the Channelside Bay Plaza during an official Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Playoffs watch party March 13 in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]

Fans pile inside the Channelside Bay Plaza during an official Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Playoffs watch party March 13 in Tampa. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]

The Lightning's watch party for tonight's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final has been moved from Thunder Alley to Channelside, the team saying it is to accommodate more fans. 

But it's also apparently to fall in line with an NHL policy that allows each team only one watch party per playoff round. 

NHL spokesman John Dellapina said it's not a new policy and all teams were reminded with a note on April 12. The Lightning held a watch party outside Amalie Arena for Game 1, 2 and 5 of this series. While Deadspin reported the Lightning was threatened with a fine if it held another one, neither the NHL or the team has commented on that.

One thought is that watch party could take away from ratings, but NBC declined comment today. 

Tonight's watch party in Channelside will start at 7:30 p.m.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2016 2:51pm]

    

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