For conspiracy theorists, the Lightning's practice Tuesday at the Iceoplex was fertile ground.
About halfway through the workout at the complex in suburban Canonsburg, the large lights over the rink went out. Smaller lights remained on (as did, it seemed, every other light in the complex), and the team finished its workout in soft mood lighting.
"Only in Pittsburgh," Tampa Bay assistant coach Dan Lacroix yelled.
There were plenty of jokes after practice about the timing of the mini blackout as the Lightning prepared to face the Penguins tonight at the Consol Energy Center in the seventh and deciding game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.
"Welcome," assistant coach Marty Raymond said, speaking generally, of course, "to Game 7."
Lose and you go home.