Tampa Bay has officially become Champa Bay, because all this city does is win. On Wednesday night the Tampa Bay Lightning captured their second Stanley Cup in ten months, and the Super Bowl Champion Bucs took notice.
The Bolts collected a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens off the strength of Ross Colton’s second period goal. The 4-1 series win sealed just the second back-t0-back champion in the NHL’s salary cap era. As the Buccaneers attempt to go back-to-back themselves this season, they acknowledges the Lightning’s accomplishment on social media.
Bucs players didn’t need the Bolts’ success to focus on the goal of back-to-back titles, but the Lightning’s epic run has undoubtedly served as inspiration for the team. CB Sean Murphy-Bunting, catalyst of the Bucs playoff jaunt this past season, sounded off on the Lightning’s victory.
The Lightning will undoubtedly have their own boat parade celebration in the coming days. It’ll be the third boat parade to take place in Tampa Bay in the past ten months, and the city might not be done. The Rays are contending with the Boston Red Sox for the division title halfway through the MLB season. And the Bucs are the odds-on favorite to win their second straight Super Bowl in February.
Soak it in, Bucs and Bolts fans. It’s a good time to be a sports fan in Tampa Bay.
Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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