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Lightning come up roses with The Bachelor’s Matt James in attendance

It’s clear the former Wake Forest receiver isn’t a Tampa Bay fan, but he’s certainly helped their road record.
Bachelor's Matt James poses for a photo with Rachael Kirkconnell at Game 3 between the Lightning and Islanders in New York.
Bachelor's Matt James poses for a photo with Rachael Kirkconnell at Game 3 between the Lightning and Islanders in New York. [ Twitter ]
Published Jun. 18
Updated Jun. 18

If the Lightning are on the road, fans should hope Matt James is in the building.

James, who was on this year’s Season 25 of The Bachelor, has been to two Lightning games this postseason. While he hasn’t been cheering for Tampa Bay, the Lightning have won both times he has been in attendance.

In addition to Thursday’s Game 3 against the Islanders, James went to the series finale at Carolina on June 8 with girlfriend Rachael Kirkconnell.

James, a wide receiver for Wake Forest from 2011-2014, sounded the siren for the Hurricanes before the Lightning went on to win 2-0.

On Thursday, he and Kirkconnell joined the Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum, along with Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and Karate Kid’s Ralph Macchio.

Despite having Florida ties (kind of), it doesn’t seem like James is interested in cheering on the reigning Stanley Cup champions.

The Lightning lead the Islanders 2-1 in the semifinal series after Thursday’s 2-1 win. Puck drop for Game 4 is Saturday at 8 p.m.

On The Bachelor, James proposed to Kirkconnell in the season finale before breaking up with her in March over old photos she took at a 2018 plantation-themed college party.

The next month, the two were photographed and spotted together on numerous occasions before James said he and Kirkconnell were focusing on their relationship. In May, they confirmed they were back together.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the former Bachelor star’s appearance:

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.

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