Tampa Bay trying to shut out Blackhawks fans, gear

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CHICAGO -- Once again, another team is trying to shut out the Blackhawks.

Just like the Nashville Predators, the Tampa Bay Lightning has restricted ticket sales through Ticketmaster to only people living in Florida. They also say no Blackhawks gear is allowed in some areas of the arena.

The team has used the restrictions throughout the playoffs to boost the home ice advantage.

This isn't the Hawks’ first rodeo, as we know. This is the third time in six years the Blackhawks have gone to the Stanley Cup Final. They played a phenomenal game in Anaheim Saturday night to win the western conference.

They'll be going up against the speed and size of a young Lightning team that last won a Stanley Cup in 2004. And even though this Hawks team is playing in their third final series, they're nervous and excited.

The Blackhawks are in Tampa today preparing to face the Lightning Wednesday night in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

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