Tampa Mayor Jane Castor Prefers the Lightning Lose Stanley Cup Game 4 on Monday

Tampa can continue holding the crown of 'Titletown' if the Tampa Bay Lightning win just one more game in this year's Stanley Cup Finals. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor just hopes that win doesn't come at Game 4 Monday night in Montreal.

She prefers a Game 5 win in Florida. The Lightning are up 3 games to none in the best-of-7 series.

Castor spoke at a news conference Sunday when she said she hoped the Lightning give the Montreal Canadiens "just the smallest break" Monday to perhaps allow the hometown fans witness a Cup-clinching win.

"Here's what we would like. What we would like is for the Lightning to take it a little bit easy to give the Canadiens just the smallest break, allow them to win one at home, and then bring it back to the Amalie Arena for the final and the winning of the Stanley Cup," Castor said.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor
Mayor of Tampa Bay Jane Castor speaks during the 2020 Stanley Cup Champion rally on September 30, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Should the Canadiens win Game 4 on Monday, then Game 5 would be Wednesday night at Amalie Arena in Tampa.

Should the Lightning win on Monday, then not only would it be their second-consecutive year to clinch the Cup in Canada, but they would be the first team to sweep the Cup Finals since 1998 when the Detroit Red Wings beat the Washington Capitals. The last team to win back-to-back titles was the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Castor knows winning is hard, but she admits her team is playing good hockey right now.

"We don't want to get ahead of ourselves," the mayor said, "but they are playing some amazing hockey."

Lightning coach Jon Cooper was asked Sunday if his team wanted to win the Stanley Cup on home ice, and he said his group wants to win it as quickly as possible.

"That will never sneak into our locker room," Cooper said, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The Lightning have outscored the Canadiens by a 14-5 margin through the first three games, which is the largest goal differential through three games in the Stanley Cup Finals since the Red Wings outscored the Philadelphia Flyers by the same 14-5 margin. The Red Wings won Game 4 for another sweep that year as well.

The NHL postponed its 2019-20 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the league resumed play entirely in Canada. The Lightning made it to the Cup Finals, where they defeated the Dallas Stars in six games (4-2).

Last NFL season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl at Raymond James Stadium, becoming the first team to ever win the Super Bowl in their home stadium. In addition, the city's Tampa Bay Rays made it to the World Series last season before falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Los Angeles currently holds two major sports championships (Dodgers and L.A. Lakers), but will lose at least one crown as neither the Lakers nor Clippers made it to the NBA Finals, which tip off Tuesday night with the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks. (Tampa doesn't have an NBA team).

Monday night's Game 4 of the Stanley Cup begins at 8 p.m. ET, and it will be aired on NBC.