PUCKS AND POLITICS: Trudeau, Biden face off on social media over Stanley Cup

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Habs vs. Lightning.

Canada vs. U.S.A.

Trudeau vs. Biden, apparently.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Joe Biden are facing off on social media with a friendly wager.

“Two of the best teams in the NHL are facing off right now… how about a friendly wager, @POTUS?” read a tweet from Trudeau’s official Twitter account on Monday night.

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The tweet was accompanied by the hashtags #GoHabsGo and #Stanley Cup as the Canadiens and Bolts hit the ice for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final in Tampa.

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American president Biden wasted little time accepted the offer, replying with a simple “You’re on pal,” accompanied by a #GoBolts hashtag.

It wasn’t immediately clear if anything was on the line beyond bragging rights.

  1. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly presents Alex Killorn, Ryan McDonagh, Victor Hedman and Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning with the Prince of Wales Trophy.

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  2. Jacques Demers coached the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup in 1993.

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  3. Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Mikhail Sergachev celebrates after beating the New York Islanders 1-0 in Game 7 of their Stanley Cup Semifinals at Amalie Arena on Friday.

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Trudeau has roots in Montreal and the Habs are trying to become the first Canadian-based team to hoist the Stanley Cup since the Canadiens did it in 1993.

Tampa Bay have hoisted the Cup twice in their much shorter history, in 2004 and 2020.

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