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Disney won't disrupt Tampa like Dora toyed with Sabres, Senators

It looks like Dora the Explorer and Tim McGraw have more clout than Disney on Ice.

Back in 2006, the Sabres and Senators had to take a break during their second-round playoff series because “Dora the Explorer Live!” was booked for Ottawa’s arena. Buffalo opened in Canada’s capital Friday and flew home after the game. The Sabres came back for Game Two on Monday after Dora completed her weekend run.

"I was walking out of the game and I asked them who was there and somebody said 'Dora,"' Sabres center Tim Connolly said. "I didn't know who that was, but Teppo Numminen did. He filled me in on it."

McGraw and his wife, Faith Hill, also disrupted the series. The country duo had a concert booked in Buffalo, forcing Games Three and Four to be played back-to-back. It was the first instance of consecutive games during that year’s playoffs.

“Disney on Ice: Frozen” is scheduled to be held in Tampa Bay’s arena this weekend, but the Lightning might also need to be there after advancing to the Eastern Conference final with a win over Montreal on Tuesday. Their opponent will be determined Wednesday night when Washington visits the New York Rangers in Game Seven.

According to the Tampa Tribune, a win by the Capitals means the higher-seeded Lightning would host Game One and some Disney shows would be rescheduled. If the Rangers win, the conference final will start in New York and “Frozen” will go on as scheduled.

Since we mentioned Game One between Buffalo and Ottawa, here is the video. It was wild.

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