May 3, 2022 - Sports

The Bolts want your lucky charms

Paul Driscoll holds up a T sshirt.

Paul Driscoll and his Nikita Chiquita shirt. Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Holy Baby Yoda.

  • Y'all some weirdos.

What's happening: The Tampa Bay Lightning, which opened the NHL playoffs with a [[[[[TK-TK]]]]] win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, asked Bolts fans to lend the team their lucky charms.

  • The Lightning said some 200 people turned out Saturday to drop off all sorts of stuff: Kermit the Frog sneakers, a Steven Stamkos Funko Pop, a dog-sized hockey jersey, a gnome, a Build-a-Bear Baby Yoda, etc.

What's next: The team will take some charms on the road for good luck, and others will be displayed at Amalie Arena.

One of our favorites comes from Paul Driscoll, pictured above. A Lightning spokesperson passed along the backstory:

"Back in 2020, while trying to eat healthy, I started eating a plum before every Bolts playoff game. The plum delivered a Stanley Cup," Driscoll told the Lightning on Saturday.

  • "For the 2021 playoff run, Nikita Kucherov returned from recovering from surgery and, after wanting to continue the tradition of the plum from the year before, I thought about having a banana instead β€” the Nikita Chiquita was born.

"Before each 2021 playoff game, I would wear this shirt, made by friend and local artist, 1771 Designs, while tweeting a picture of me eating my banana. We won another Cup.

  • "This shirt and eating fruit before playoff games is a proven winner."

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