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Tampa mayor wants the Lightning to purposely lose Game 4 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals vs. Canadiens

Stanley Cup Finals, Lightning, Canadiens

You know that a Stanley Cup Finals is lopsided when the mayor of the favored team is openly asking for that squad to lose a potential series clincher. That’s exactly the case right now for the Tampa Bay Lightning, as Tampa mayor Jane Castor is hoping that the Bolts would lose to the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre Monday night, believing that Nikita Kucherov and company can certainly get the job done if there’s a need to play Game 5 at Amalie Arena, per Sportsnet:

“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 Amalie Arena for the final and the winning of the Stanley Cup,” mayor Jane Castor said Sunday. “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but (the Lightning) are playing some amazing hockey.”

To sum it up, Castor wants the Bolts to pull off a gentleman’s sweep, which quite honestly is something even the Canadiens probably would feel very much against. The Canadiens are a proud hockey franchise with a rich tradition and getting that kind of treatment from a small-market team would be some sort of a slap in the face of the Original Six member.

What’s undeniable is that the Lightning have been bulldozing Montreal, outscoring the Canadiens after three games, 14-5.

The 2021 Stanley Cup Finals is now for the Lightning to lose, and we’ll see Monday night if they could deny Castor her unusual request.