I have watched one period of hockey this season and probably the three or four preceding. It is fitting that the period I watched was Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals as the Lightning brought the Cup home for the first time in franchise history. Not only did they win, they won thrilling. Only four times in history has a team come back from a 3 - 2 deficit to win the series.
The Lightning did that by tying the series in overtime of game six. They won game seven 2 - 1, leading by two goals into the third period. The Calgary Flames roared back in the third period, scoring their first goal of the game, and making all onlookers wonder if they could tie it up or even pull ahead in the few minutes left.
It was not to pass. With one minute left, the Flames suffered a penalty which gave the Lightning a manpower advantage and effectively snuffed their chances of pulling even.
Tampa sports teams are starting to see remarkable success. The Buccaneers won the Superbowl a year and a half ago. The Lightning have now won the Stanely Cup. If I were part of the Devil Rays franchise, I'd be feeling some pennant pressure.Posted by wasylik at June 7, 2004 11:03 PM | TrackBack