The Bolts season might be over, but there was still plenty of puck to talk about Wednesday evening at the Bee Ridge Road Chili's.
Tampa Bay Lightning hosted its Lightning Hockey Night Chili's Radio Show, which travels to Chili's Grill & Bar locations throughout the Lightning Radio Network area, and included kids of all ages playing street hockey, mascot Thunderbug, giveaways, and of course, the radio show featuring original Lightning Brian Bradley, captain of the Stanley Cup Lightning team and current Vice President of Fans Dave Andreychuk and host Rick Peckham.
It appeared that Lightning fans in attendance are cheering on the New York Rangers to succeed in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs thanks to two players and a coach there who brought the Bolts the Cup in 2004 — Brad Richards, Ruslan Fedetenko and coach John Torterella. The Rangers are tied 1-1 with the New Jersey Devils in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final.
Andreychuk noted that the Rangers appear to be fresh in every game and not tired because of the mental breaks and management that Torterella is giving the team, something Andreychuk recalled fondly of during his Cup run with the team — and living in Tampa didn't hurt.
"It was great. I'd drop off my kids at school and go play golf," he said during the broadcast, laughing. But players would go to the beach, do whatever they needed to do to get their mind a break, but be expected to focus on the day of the game, he added.
Next week's show will be at the Chili's in Pinellas Park, 7250 U.S. 19, with special guest Lightning forward Adam Hall, Peckham announced.
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