Watch party or watch at home - Tampa Bay at Chicago local coverage

The tough final weekend of the Lightning's NHL schedule has them closing out their season series with the Western Conference in back-to-back contests against the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

What was going to make this weekend even tougher, for fans, was the fact that Sunday evening's contest in Chicago was not originally scheduled for broadcast in the greater Tampa Bay viewing area.

That is no longer the case. Sunday evening's match-up with Blackhawks has been picked up by Sun Sports. Game time for that contest will be 7 PM EDT.

In addition to the game being aired on local TV now, the Lightning announced earlier this week that a watch party will take place at the St. Pete Times Forum. The (admittedly brief) details on this are below the jump.

LIGHTNING, GTE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION TO HOST

WATCH PARTY APRIL 3 AGAINST BLACKHAWKS

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning will host a watch party, presented by GTE Federal Credit Union, on Sunday, April 3 for the team’s road game against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks (7 p.m., NHL Network) inside the Channelside Club at the St. Pete Times Forum from 6 p.m. until the conclusion of the game. Parking will be available for fans in both the VIP East Lot, as well as in the Forum West Lot for $5.

Doors will open for the general public at 6 p.m. All fans in attendance are encouraged to take advantage of a number of great food and beverage specials, including $2 beers, $3 glasses of wine, $3 well drinks, $2 hot dogs and $2 pizza slices. Complimentary soda and water will also be served. Thunderbug and Lightning Girls will be available for pictures and autographs and there will also be a variety of enter-to-win contests, affording fans the opportunity to score great autographed items including a stick signed by the entire Lightning team. Fans can catch all the action of the game live on LightningVision beginning at 7 p.m.

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