Fans cheer on the Lightning as Game 3 win keeps three-peat dream alive

Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena Monday night for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena Monday night for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.(WWSB)
Published: Jun. 20, 2022 at 10:58 PM EDT
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TAMPA, Fla. (WWSB) - Loud chants of “Let’s Go Bolts” could be heard by anyone Monday night in Thunder Alley, outside of Amalie Arena.

Tampa Bay Lightning fans were in force in downtown Tampa for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. After two tough losses in Colorado against the Avalanche. the fans were pumped up.

“She’s been so excited the whole trip up here, I could barely keep her in the car,” said Frank Laco talking about his wife, Susan. “I thought she was going to run faster than we were driving, really excited to come see them live.”

They had plenty to cheer about -- With Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman and Andrei Vasilevskiy leading the way, the star-laden, two-time defending champions beat the Avalanche 6-2.

The victory two nights after suffering the most lopsisded loss in the team’s playoff history trimmed Tampa Bay’s series deficit to 2-1 and breathed hope in the team’s quest to become the first franchise in nearly 40 years to win three consecutive NHL titles.

“The energy they have at Amalie Arena is just unmatched,” said Sara and Buddy Dunn, Lightning fans who flew in from Arizona.

“We’ve got to get one back here and we’re really excited to be here,” said Albert Rosati, a Lightning fan from Sarasota.

“This is my first time to Thunder Alley, we’ve been to several games and several watch parties but never out here to Thunder Alley, very excited to come,” said Kyle Smith.

One fan really showing off his pride for the Bolts with his beard painted blue and his hair in the back engraved with the letters BOLTS.

“Paint it blue, when we’re playing the game. I don’t know why I did it,” said Bill Richards.

Game 4, at Amalie Arena, is Wednesday night. The puck drops at 8 p.m.

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