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Between games, Yanni Gourde becomes a dad

The Lightning center announced the birth Tuesday of Emma Kate Gourde on Twitter.
Lightning center Yanni Gourde announced the birth of daughter Emma Kate Gourde on May 1, 2018. [Twitter]
Lightning center Yanni Gourde announced the birth of daughter Emma Kate Gourde on May 1, 2018. [Twitter]
Published May 2, 2018|Updated May 2, 2018

On Monday night, Lightning center Yanni Gourde scored a power-play goal to help the Lightning top the Bruins 4-2 and even their Eastern Conference series at 1-1.

On Tuesday, he became a dad.

Gourde, 26, announced the birth of Emma Kate Gourde on Tuesday night.

The photo shows Gourde obviously smiling behind a surgical mask along with his wife, Marie from a hospital bed moments after the birth.

It’s been quite a season for Gourde. His 25 goals this season broke the Lightning rookie record set by Tyler Johnson in 2013-14, and also holds the regular-season record for points by a rookie (64).

No surprise, though, that the baby was named Emma. The mom-to-be foreshadowed the birth with a photo of Gourde holding an old-school Lightning jersey bearing the baby’s name.


Of course our unborn baby girl needs her own jersey 💗 #itsagirl

A post shared by Marie-Andrée Gourde (@marieraby) on

Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde (37) celebrates his first-period power-play goal against the Boston Bruins during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs Monday, April 30, 2018 in Tampa. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Tampa Bay Lightning center Yanni Gourde (37) celebrates his first-period power-play goal against the Boston Bruins during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs Monday, April 30, 2018 in Tampa. [DIRK SHADD | Times]

Game 3 is tonight at 7 in Boston.

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