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Lightning host NHL playoff watch parties with team in New Jersey

The parties on Monday and Wednesday start two hours before game time.
Lightning fan Jaren Mantell, of Clearwater, leaps to make contact with a statue of Dave Andreychuk while walking to Thunder Alley before the start of game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New Jersey Devils in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Amalie Arena in Tampa on April 14, 2018. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]

TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Lightning will host two watch parties as the team hits the road for the first time during its first-round 2018 NHL playoff series against the New Jersey Devils.

Both start at 5:30 p.m., two hours before the puck drops.

The watch party for Game 3 tonight is at the Sugar Sand Festival at Pier 60 in Clearwater Beach. There will be live music and giveaways at the party, and will include appearance by the Lightning's cheerleaders and ThunderBug.

Wednesday's watch party, before Game 4, takes place on the Armature Works lawn, 910 N Ola Ave. It also will feature the team's cheerleaders and ThunderBug, as well as live music and giveaways.

If necessary, Game 5 will be back in Tampa on Saturday. Game time has yet to be determined.