All of the Tampa Bay Lightning fans we saw still shouting 'Go Bolts' after losing the Stanley Cup Final

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos after the team's Game 6 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on June 26, 2022 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. - Photo by Nicole Abbett
Photo by Nicole Abbett
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos after the team's Game 6 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on June 26, 2022 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.
It happened. After winning the last two, the Tampa Bay Lightning actually lost a Stanley Cup final. The Colorado Avalanche’s Game 6 victory at Amalie Arena last Sunday creates a speed bump in one of the most impressive runs in professional sports.

And while the trolls and sad Rangers fans have a lot to say, it should be noted that the Lightning remain one of just one of two teams this century to win back-to-back Stanley Cups along with the Pittsburgh Penguins (2016 and 2017). The Bolts’ five Stanley Cup appearances—with four coming in the last nine full seasons—are also by far the most among clubs to join the NHL since the ‘90s. What’s more is that only three non-original six franchises have more appearances in the championship series (Flyers (8x), Oilers (7x) and Penguins (6x)).

So tell all the Bolts haters to lick your ass, Tampa Bay. See you all next year.
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All of the Tampa Bay Lightning fans we saw still shouting 'Go Bolts' after losing the Stanley Cup Final
Photo by Dave Decker
All of the Tampa Bay Lightning fans we saw still shouting 'Go Bolts' after losing the Stanley Cup Final
Photo by Dave Decker
All of the Tampa Bay Lightning fans we saw still shouting 'Go Bolts' after losing the Stanley Cup Final
Photo by Dave Decker
All of the Tampa Bay Lightning fans we saw still shouting 'Go Bolts' after losing the Stanley Cup Final
Photo by Dave Decker
All of the Tampa Bay Lightning fans we saw still shouting 'Go Bolts' after losing the Stanley Cup Final
Photo by Dave Decker

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