TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning will broadcast their weekly radio show, Lightning Hockey Night, and host a watch party for Game 7 between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens (7 p.m.) as well as Game 6 between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers (8 p.m.) for hockey fans in the Tampa Bay area in the XO VIP Club at the St. Pete Times Forum on Wednesday from 6-11 p.m. or until the conclusion of the games. There will be free parking in the Forum West Lot and attendees should enter through the XO VIP Club entrance.
Lightning Hockey Night, hosted by Lightning television play-by-play announcer Rick Peckham and Stanley Cup Champion Dave Andreychuk, will broadcast LIVE from the XO VIP Club from 7-8 p.m. on AM 1250 WHNZ. Joining Peckham and Andreychuk on the show from the XO VIP Club will be Tampa Bay goaltender Mike Smith. Smith will also sign autographs for those in attendance.
Last night the Canadiens staved off elimination at the Bell Centre to force a Game 7 in Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Mike Cammalleri scored twice and the Canadiens held on for a 4-3 victory despite Pittsburgh netting a late goal with the goaltender pulled for the extra attacker. Montreal also played in a Game 7 in the first round, defeating the No. 1-seeded Washington Capitals, 2-1.
The Flyers had an easier time last night, forcing a Game 6 with a 4-0 win at the TD Garden in Boston. Philadelphia got two goals from Simon Gagne in the win, but more importantly lost starting goaltender Brian Boucher with injuries to both knees. Michael Leighton made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut in relief and rose to the challenge, posting 14 saves and no goals allowed in more than 35 minutes.
Aside from being treated to the unsurpassed excitement of multiple elimination games, fans will also be treated to tours of the Lightning Locker Room, free hot dogs, dry snacks, popcorn, soda and water. There will also be $2 beers and $3 well drinks. The Lightning will also be giving away prizes throughout the night.