Canadians in stormy Florida for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Lightning – .

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Canadians in stormy Florida for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Lightning – .


MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens literally rushed into a storm to continue their Stanley Cup final series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Habs arrived in Tampa Bay on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Elsa gained strength along Florida’s west coast.

The National Weather Service in the United States said Tuesday evening that Elsa was blowing winds of up to 121 kilometers per hour and had been turned into a Category 1 storm.

Conditions are expected to improve in time for Game 5, with the Lightning up 3-1 in the Top Seven streak and looking to take advantage of a home Cup chance.

The defending champions were away from their friends and family when they lifted the Cup last year, celebrating the championship in a bubble in Edmonton, Alta. due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canadians say they know they still have a mountain to climb to win their 25th Cup title, even though they gained momentum after extending the series with a spectacular 3-2 overtime victory at home in the fourth game.

Nevertheless, experts note that the Habs have been at their best with their backs to the wall in these playoffs and have already faced elimination four times.

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