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Pittsburgh, Tampa have 'Bridge Challenge' on Twitter

Cities' official accounts trade barbs ahead of Eastern Conference Final

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Eastern Conference Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning begins Friday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports), but the trash talk between the cities has already begun.

Players will try to keep from uttering bulletin-board material, but the Twitter accounts of Tampa and Pittsburgh traded barbs Thursday morning.

Tweet from @CityPGH: @CityofTampa Blue lights? Nice touch. We see your bridges & raise you... a duck. #BlackandGold #EverydayIsGameDay pic.twitter.com/X1mnCvCBz2The City of Tampa lit the fuse, mocking Pittsburgh's chilly weather:

Tweet from @CityofTampa: As cold as it is in @CityPGH right now, the @penguins are going to be @CityofTampa fans too! ���������� #GoBolts ������vs�� https://t.co/HpWl2STUhx

Pittsburgh initially took the high road, posting this stunning photo of its downtown at dawn:

Tweet from @CityPGH: You are mistaken, @CityofTampa. It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Photo: @DaveDiCello Let's Go @penguins! pic.twitter.com/GD7JXD8pPI

Tampa responded by posting this of their Bolts Bridge:

Tweet from @CityofTampa: Y'all have a beautiful city, @CityPGH. But have you seen our #BoltsBlue bridges? ���������� #BeTheThunder pic.twitter.com/ivkRBKPKcF

Pittsburgh, affectionately known as the "City of Bridges," wasn't impressed:

Tweet from @CityPGH: The City of Bridges has just been invited to a Bridge Challenge. https://t.co/tmksrOwjeu

Tweet from @CityPGH: @CityofTampa Blue lights? Nice touch. We see your bridges & raise you... a duck. #BlackandGold #EverydayIsGameDay pic.twitter.com/X1mnCvCBz2

The city's official photographer also took Tampa to task for its lacking depth in bridge knowledge:

Tweet from @DaveDiCello: @CityPGH @CityofTampa @penguins @VisitTampaBay @TBLightning you want bridges? We have bridges. pic.twitter.com/VTEJxyGPnB

Tampa used this moment to promote its Pirate Water Taxi service:

Tweet from @CityofTampa: That duck is cute, @CityPGH. We don't have a duck, but we do have @Pirates patrolling our waters! #WeArghReady �������� pic.twitter.com/uGb4Y7nA4r

At this point, others started to take notice, including Visit Tampa Bay, the region's official tourism board, and began to weigh in:

Tweet from @CityofTampa: That duck is cute, @CityPGH. We don't have a duck, but we do have @Pirates patrolling our waters! #WeArghReady �������� pic.twitter.com/uGb4Y7nA4r

Naturally, Pittsburgh's tourism board got the final word in on the matter:

Tweet from @vstpgh: @CityofTampa That's a cute little overpass....these are bridges!! @CityPGH pic.twitter.com/3laRDXeZn1

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