27 April 2011
Record: Lightning 3 Penguins 3
Previous games: Game 1: 3-0 Pens, Game 2: 5-1 Lightning, Game 3: 3-2 Pens, Game 4: 3-2 Pens, Game 5: 8-2 Lightning, Game 6: 4-2 LightningGame time: 8:00pm EST on TSN (HD), Versus (HD), SUN (HD), Versus (HD), ROOT and on the radio at 970 AM
It's Game 7 people and anything can happen tonight. The Lightning come into this game with the momentum of winning the last two games in a row. They have been converting on the powerplay while the Pens, well they have not. Coming into tonight, the Lightning may be the better team here, but it's Game 7 and really anything can happen tonight.
First thing to note, is that the game doesn't start till 8pm tonight. And if you are in Canada, TSN is showing it instead of CBC.
Having just played two elimination games, it's like the Lightning have just played two Game 7's. So the mindset coming into tonight is no different from Saturday or Monday's game. The boys need to play to win, apply their offence and keep their emotions in check.
Like I said earlier, special teams have been a huge advantage to the Lightning. They have kept the Pens again scoreless on all 5 powerplays last game. As a Pens fan, you gotta think they were wishing there was a rule to decline the powerplays and just play at even strength.
Quote from coach Boucher in the St. Petersburg Times:
"For me, it's not: 'We're going to a seventh game.' We just played what were two seventh games for us," ,"I know (the Penguins) haven't, because their backs weren't against the wall. Ours have been against the wall for a little while now, I'll tell you that."
This is it fans, after a surprising year with its ups and downs, this could be the end of our season or the start of the next series tonight.
- Lightning injuries: None
- Lightning scratches: TBA
- Penguin injuries: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Dustin Jeffrey
- Matt Cooke is still suspended
Your pre-game reading links:
- Official Lightning preview
- Raw Charge game preview
- Get to Our Game has a photo for Pens and Bolt fans alike today
- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has seven 'musts' for the Pens in Game 7
- I can't believe a disco song was typed out in this article by John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times but it is fitting
- Chris Botta of the NY Times' game preview
- CBC asks 'are the Pens haunted by past Game 7's?'