Tampa Bay hit a major path in the Eastern Conference semifinal against Boston. At the resumption of the NHL playoffs after the break in protest against racial discrimination and the Black Lives Matter, the Lightning beat the Bruins 3-1, reaching 3-1 also in the Semifinal series.
Having secured the result in the first two periods thanks to Palat's brace and Hedman's point, the Florida team managed the advantage in the last 20', suffering only DeBrusk's goal. Tampa Bay Lightning is the favorite team for the final victory of the tournament, one of the most exceptional ever both for the health safety conditions and for the Canadian bubbles, and for the protests against racial discrimination in the USA, followed by a cancellation of the matches.
NHL protests against racial discrimination
As in teh previous article of our writer Sead Dedovic, you can read about the racial discrimination and the NHL protests. Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning players later found out about the NBA players' protest over the event that happened Zdeno Chara, an experienced defender, and captain of Boston said that they as individuals could not do anything because everything happened just before the game.
"It was so close to our game that we were just getting ready," Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said. "After our pregame meal, we took naps and then we were on the bus, so I don't think any of us were watching the TV until we got to the rink.
And at that point, obviously, it was too close to the game to start any discussions or try to move the games to different dates. We were basically following the schedule the NHL provided to us." , as quoted by ESPN "We support fighting against racism and injustice," Chara said.
"There are different ways to express that fight. NBA players expressed their opinions about it by boycotting the games today. We support NBA players and all the leagues that showed that support." Matt Dumba believes that everyone should stand up and give support "It's kind of sad and disheartening for me and for members of the Hockey Diversity Alliance -- and I'm sure for other guys across the league," Dumba said.
"But if no one stands up and does anything, then it's the same thing: that silence. You're just outside looking in on actually being leaders and evoking real change when you have such an opportunity to do so."
"I think the world has changed in just this short time that we were at the rink," Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. "When I got here at 4:30, I think what's happening now at 11:15 is much different than what was happening at 4:30.
At the time ... those weren't things being discussed with our group. We were preparing to play the Boston Bruins." "If our players, even one player, had come to me and said, 'Hey, I don't think we should play,' then we would have addressed it as a team.
But I never got word from anyone in the room," Bednar said. "It's obviously an important topic. It's something that we need to think long and hard about as a country. But I just think that tonight maybe wasn't the time and place for us."