Pat Maroon believes Lightning can three-peat despite losing players and denting the Cup

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon believes the team can win it all again next season. That would be a three-peat for his team but would make him the first player to win 4 Stanley Cups in a row since a member of the Islanders did it back in 1983.

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Pat Maroon is thinking three-peat for Lightning

“I truly think we can run it back again,” Maroon told The Athletic. “It depends on our health, how guys are feeling, our attitude. But we’ve been texting together as a group and thinking, we’ve brought our top two lines back, our big four on ‘D,’ the best goalie in the world.”

To be fair to the fun-loving Maroon, he’s probably not wrong. Earlier this month, BetMGM posted updated odds for the 2022 Stanley Cup and the Lightning (15-2) had the second best odds behind the Colorado Avalanche (5-1)

“Brayden Point, (Nikita Kucherov) and (Ondrej Palat) are coming back. There’s no doubt in my mind we can run it back,” he concluded. “Guys want to do it again. That’s why we play.”

Maroon’s Stanley Cup mishap

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Lightning damage Cup during Boat Parade (photo @BoltsJolts)

A viral photo of a dented Stanley Cup during the Tampa Bay Lightning boat parade caused quite a stir. Lo and behold the person responsible for the damage was the person holding the trophy in the picture

Pat Maroon was on ESPN Radio to clear up what happened and to put an end to some critics saying the Lightning disrespected the Cup.

“It was obviously raining and it was wet,” Maroon began to explain. “I went to lift it and I went flat backwards with it. I slipped.. the Cup went back on its end and people were saying we disrespected the Cup.”

That notion really upset the winner of three straight Cups starting in 2019 with the St. Louis Blues. The man is like a living hockey lucky charm, unfortunately the elements got him on this one.

“Such BS, because you know if they had half a brain, you know it’s wet outside,” Maroon said with hint of agitation. You think we’d be throwing the Cup around? No, we didn’t disrespect it. It was a complete accident, and we both got hurt. My back has been hurt all day today. But yeah, that’s what happened. Nothing crazy.”

Somewhere the Stanley Cup is asking to be bubble wrapped if Maroon gets a hold of it again.