(The Spread) - Mainstream media might say otherwise, but LeBron James and co. aren’t the only Big Three in Florida this spring.
On Wednesday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning proved that their own big name trio has the star power to launch the franchise into the NHL Finals. Heading into the Game 6 match up, the underdog Lightning were charged with the task of fending for their lives in front of a home crowd. Luckily, All-Stars Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos and Vincent Lecavalier combined for three goals on the night and eight points.
The 5-4 win that ensued was enough to force a deciding Game 7 to be held Friday night in Boston. The winner will go on to play the Vancouver Canucks in the championship round.
As it stands now, the Lightning are listed at the bottom of the pile with +550 odds of winning the Stanley Cup according to oddsmakers from online sports book Bodog.com. The Bruins sit slightly ahead at +325, and both are behind the favored Canucks at -220.
Will the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals even stand a chance? Anything can happen in a best-of-seven series.
Before either club gets too concerned with the championship round, however, they’ll have to focus on getting things done in Game 7. Can the star-powered Bolts steal a win in front of a raucous Boston crowd?