LIGHTNING: Puck drops on the playoffs
The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Presidents’ Trophy for the league’s best record and tied an NHL mark with 62 wins. Forget all that: The real season has begun with the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Bolts open the postseason tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets and former coach John Tortorella, and the series continues with games in Tampa on Friday (7 p.m.) and Sunday (7 p.m.), then Columbus on Tuesday (7 p.m.). TV: Fox Sports Sun; radio: 970-AM. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500. Ticket prices vary. tampabaylightning.com/tickets or Ticketmaster.
AUTOS: Gasparilla Concours d’Elegance
This is the first Concours d’Elegance for Tampa, which features rare, exquisite and historically important automobiles and motorcycles. There also will be a vintage ice cream truck handing out the treats and a vintage aircraft flyover by Sun n’ Fun. Benefits Shriners Hospital for Children. $20-$25, 15 and younger free. 10 a.m. Saturday. Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. (813) 917-9205. gasparilla-concours-delegance.ticketleap.com.
Foundations of Life Walk/Run for Life: Choose from a 1-mile, 2-mile or 5K run including a T-shirt, baby feet pin and a goody bag. Benefits Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center — Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Knights Women’s Center, Project Rachel and Perinatal ComfortCare. $10. 8 a.m. Saturday. Ben T. Davis Beach, 7650 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. (727) 599-9122. foundationsoflife.org.
The DAN Run: The third annual 5K run-walk benefits Defeat ALS Now. $25. 9 a.m. Saturday. Freedom Lake Park, 7770 52nd St., Pinellas Park. (727) 657-9397.
Tampa Bay Rays: The Baltimore Orioles are at Tropicana Field and there are games Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday’s game has $2 kids tickets with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket. Prices vary at raysbaseball.com, the Trop box office or by calling toll-free 1-888-FAN-RAYS. 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. TV: Fox Sports Sun; radio: 95.3-FM, 620-AM.
Florida State League: Catch the action with the Clearwater Threshers (6:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday), Dunedin Blue Jays (6:30 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Sunday) and Tampa Tarpons (10:30 a.m. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday). Ticket prices vary. milb.com.