The Lightning Deserve the Stanley Cup for This 'Mario Kart' Ice Projection

The Bolts beamed a video game onto the playing surface last night – too bad it didn't help them beat the Pittsburgh Penguins

'Mario Kart' is projected onto the ice at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.

Things aren't great for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who find themselves down 2-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL's Eastern Conference Finals, but at least their ice projections are on point.

During last night's game, the Bolts beamed a game of Mario Kart onto the ice at Amalie Arena – maybe they were looking to pass Sidney Crosby and Co. via the Rainbow Road shortcut? – and while it didn't help their cause (Tampa lost 4-2), at least it was different from the usual assortment of flames, fissures and, uh, fire-breathing dragons we normally see projected onto the playing surface.

Here's a bit of video, shot by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter Seth Rorabaugh (who notes that Tampa's ice palace is essentially a very cold Dave & Buster's):

As Deadspin suggests, while the Stanley Cup Playoffs are great and all, we'd probably pay to watch 60 minutes of this massive Mario Kart game – with all the hockey played between periods. And judging by their over-the-top pregame projections, the Lightning are prepared to make that happen: