by Jon Jordan on 04/18/11 at 09:31 AM ET
It’s been four long years, Tampa Bay, but playoff hockey is finally back at the St. Pete Times Forum tonight, as the Lightning look to take a 2-1 series lead over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins.
From a personal standpoint, I have to admit, I’m pretty jacked up about tonight, which will actually be my first in-person encounter with a playoff game in any sport, from any perspective. I’ve never covered a postseason game (there have been none to speak of in my time here, of course), nor have I ever so much as attended one as a fan. (I did once get dragged to a NBA playoff game long ago, but I don’t even like basketball, so that doesn’t count.)
More than anything, I’m just excited for the great hockey fans of this area to have the well-deserved opportunity to watch their team battle with so much on the line. I can’t speak to what the atmosphere will be like but I anticipate that it will be every bit as electric as the playoff hockey scene is advertised to be. It will take a concerted effort on my part, I’m sure, to avoid getting wrapped up in that this evening.
I’ll be checking in periodically tonight with the boys from the newly-launched TSN Radio for in-game updates so, if you’re reading this from the Great White North (or you’re streaming their broadcast online), you can catch me there this evening. Ever bipartite, I’ll also be jumping on SiriusXM NHL Home Ice after tonight’s game to recap all the action.
Looking ahead, the ongoing collaboration with FromThePoint.com’s Brian Metzer continues as the series shifts my way and we’ll be putting together a special podcast this week to discuss all things Pens, Bolts and Stanley Cup playoffs there. Stay tuned for an announcement on a time shortly.
But most of all, for those of you right here in the Tampa Bay area, you have every reason to be as enthused about tonight’s game as you no doubt are. It’s been a long time coming. Enjoy.
Keep it right here for more throughout the day.
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