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.
The City of Tampa lit the fuse, mocking Pittsburgh's chilly weather:
Pittsburgh initially took the high road, posting this stunning photo of its downtown at dawn:
Tampa responded by posting this of their Bolts Bridge:
Pittsburgh, affectionately known as the "City of Bridges," wasn't impressed:
The city's official photographer also took Tampa to task for its lacking depth in bridge knowledge:
Tampa used this moment to promote its Pirate Water Taxi service:
At this point, others started to take notice, including Visit Tampa Bay, the region's official tourism board, and began to weigh in:
Naturally, Pittsburgh's tourism board got the final word in on the matter: