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Tampa Mayor Jane Castor wants Lightning to clinch on home ice

If the Lightning win Game 4 in Montreal, it would be the second straight time they have won the Stanley Cup in Canada.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor attends Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Wednesday.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor attends Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Wednesday. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Jul. 5
Updated Jul. 5

TAMPA — There’s one Lightning fan who isn’t afraid to admit the Lightning should lose Game 4 tonight so they can win on home ice.

When it comes to where Tampa Bay should hoist the Stanley Cup, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor thinks the home team should win the Cup back on home ice.

“Here’s what we would like,” Castor said in a news conference on Sunday. “What we would like is for the Lightning to take it a little bit easy to give the Canadiens just the smallest break, allow them to win one at home, and then bring it back to the Amalie Arena for the final and the winning of the Stanley Cup.”

“But we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” Castor continued, “but they are playing some amazing hockey.”

On the other hand, coach Jon Cooper said he and the team are hoping for a quick end to this year’s Cup run — even if it means finishing on the road.

“That will never sneak into our locker room,” Cooper said Sunday after it was suggested the team might rather win on home ice, should the series return to Tampa for Game 5.

The Lightning could be the first team to sweep an opponent in the Stanley Cup final since the 1998 Red Wings beat the Capitals.

Tampa Bay could be the first team since Pittsburgh to win back-to-back Cups (the Penguins did so in 2016 and 2017).

Through three games, the Lightning have outscored the Canadiens 14-5, the largest differential through a trio of contests since the 1997 Cup final between the Red Wings and Flyers (also 14-5). Yes, Detroit won that series in a sweep.

The last time a team won the Cup on home ice was the 2015 Chicago Blackhawks, who beat the Lightning in six games.

Here’s how some other Lightning fans have felt about also winning on home ice:

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

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