Lightning’s Road Success Becoming a Key and Blackhawks Draws on History in Stanley Cup
CHICAGO (AP) — Thousands of fans crowded Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa to watch Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, braving both rain and 92-degree Florida heat while celebrating another victory for the Tampa Bay Lightning hundreds of miles to the north.
The way their team is playing on the road, those fans might hope the Lightning don't come home until they've got the Stanley Cup.
Tampa Bay has won four straight road games by a combined 13-4, the culmination of a remarkable turnaround for a subpar regular-season road team. The Lightning are 8-3 on the road in the postseason, with a chance to add a ninth win in Game 4 on Wednesday night.
Blackhawks draw on history, experience in Stanley Cup Final
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have dropped consecutive one-goal games to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final, and they had the lead in each one. And there is no panic for Jonathan Toews and company, no outward displays of frustration.
The Blackhawks are trying for their third NHL title in the past six seasons, and they have a history of rebounding from playoff disappointment. They dropped two of the first three games in the 2013 final against Boston and came back to win the series 4-2. They trailed 3-2 in this year's Western Conference finals against Anaheim.
But the Lightning are one confident bunch after Monday night's 3-2 win gave them a 2-1 lead in the series. Captain Steven Stamkos says they are "finding consistency at the right time."