Tampa Bay Lightning at Pittsburgh Penguins
Series tied 3-3.
This is Game 7 of a playoff series. It's the height of drama and tension. You either leave it all on the ice or you leave the rink until next season.
I think it's time for everyone to stop acting like this series is a colossal failure. I've seen more doom and gloom headlines over the past 24 hours than I'd care to count. Bottom line is: if you told the Pens that they could play one game, at home, to decide who would go to Round 2 of the playoffs, you know they'd take the chance and be happy about it.
In short, it doesn't matter how they got here, it only matters where things stand about 24 hours from now (okay - maybe 25 since the NHL moved the start time to 8:00).
As for the game itself, anyone watching the series could tell you what needs to happen. Win at even-strength. Keep a strong PK. Score on the power play. Blah blah blah - no more strategy - just go out and win the game! Match their intensity and keep out shooting them and things will be OK.
Either they win, or I get to shave my beard. I call that a win-win situation.
Let's Go Pens!