Pittsburgh Penguins Game Seven History:
1975 - Lost to New York Islanders
1989 - Lost to Philadelphia Flyers
1991 - Defeated New Jersey Devils
1992 - Defeated Washington Capitals
1993 - Lost to New York Islanders
1995 - Defeated Washington Capitals
1996 - Lost to Florida Panthers
1999 - Defeated New Jersey Devils
2001 - Defeated Buffalo Sabres
All-Time Game Seven Record: 5-4
Washington Capitals Game Seven History:
1987 - Lost to New York Islanders
1988 - Defeated Philadelphia Flyers
1992 - Lost to Pittsburgh Penguins
1995 - Lost to Pittsburgh Penguins
2008 - Lost to Philadelphia Flyers
2009 - Defeated New York Rangers
All-Time Game Seven Record: 2-4
Head-to-Head Game Seven Record: 2-0 Pittsburgh
If we've come this far, we're more than willing to come a little further.
Washington. Wednesday night. Game 7.
A fitting end to the best playoff series the NHL has seen in years.
Two fanbases that hate each other.
Two organizations that hate each other.
Media members that hate each other.
All the history of jobbing each other.
All the animosity.
The fights in the stands. The stunned pics.
The photoshops. The diving signs.
The boos. The whoops.
The now-legal charging penalties.
Wednesday night, everyone associated with this series will all be in the same boat.
Get ready to be bombarded with talk that the Caps have the momentum,
that the Caps have already won a Game 7 this postseason.
If you think momentum carries into a Game 7, you are an idiot.
Game 7's stay with you forever.
Who even knows what's gonna happen at this point.
Thank God we're not actual journalists.
Because we just took a dump on our keyboard and walked away.
The skeletal remains of a recap await after the jump.
Your mind should already be consumed by Game 7.
Might be one of the greatest seven game series of all time.
This one will hurt for a long time.
Get as far away from everything as you can.
If you start throwing people under the bus, get real.
We'll see ya Wednesday night.
Penguins Lead Series 3-2
7:00PM - Mellon Arena
It could end tonight.
We all know what's at stake.
We all know the history.
This has been an outstanding series.
In the five games played, four of them were decided by one goal.
Two of them went into overtime.
The stars have definitely lived up to their billing.
The hype was well-deserved.
But, despite all of that, we don't want another game.
We don't want to head back to the sirens and horns and whistles and pom-pons that will greet us at the Verizon Center.
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With the win on Saturday, one man has been made into a hero.
Yanni, whose tour date of May 12th forced the NHL into scheduling back-to-back games, has placed the Pens one game away from eliminating the Caps and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight year.
We do not agree with Ted Leonsis trying to rally the Capitals fanbase
into despising Yanni and putting his life at risk at a potential Washington tour date.
More on that after the jump.
Here's how tonight would go if we worked for the Pens:
Jeff Jimerson comes out for the national anthem.
"I'd like to welcome a special guest to help me tonight."
A spotlight beams toward the Zamboni entrance.
All you see is a piano amidst a serene white cloud.
Then a dove appears. Followed by a second.
And all of sudden he appears seemingly out of thin air
with his skate laces tied in a harmony of criss-crosses.
Dressed in all white because there is another whiteout. [Pens.com]
As he takes a lap around the ice surface, no one can say a word;
rendered speechless by his flowing locks.
Upon his return to the piano, he and Jimerson unleash a 22-minute, awe-inspiring, sweeping rendition of the national anthem that sets the Mellon ablaze and sends 14 people to the hospital.
Caps don't have a chance.
Crosby buries it a minute into the game.
This needs to happen.
After the jump, a call to friendly arms.
Still 20 minutes left.
Under no circumstances do we endorse Justin Timberlake.
But this is unreal.
Can't help but think how much better it would have been if Yanni did it.
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Yanni didn't express apologies or regrets. He instead cited his experience"as a former national champion swimmer" for native country Greece.
"I empathize with the athletes competing in the NHL playoffsand understand the pressures under which they perform," the statement said.
For his part, Yanni thanked all involved - particularly the Mellon Arena - for "recognizing the importance of presenting the highest quality sports and entertainment to the fans of the city of Pittsburgh."
And then Kevin Blackistone, "the black dude" on ESPN's 'Around The Horn,'
decides to job Yanni recently in this FANHOUSE column.
After the jump, is Ovechkin knee-hunting?
"The way I see it, we're up two games to one in this series.I'd much rather be in the position we're in.I eat feces."-- Bruce Boudreau after Game 3, paraphrased.
When Bill "Wyatt Earp" McCreary is officiating a game,
you just don't know what you're gonna get.
Actually, you kind of do.
You're not gonna see a lot of penalties called.
And there wasn't in this game.
Of course, we're gonna hear it from Caps fans.
That Boucher garbage before the game-winner was scored was nothing.
Two players collided; one acted like he was shot.
The boos weren't even gone by the time the puck was in the net.
Officiating in overtime is always dicey.
But you just can't trip up someone who has a decent scoring opportunity.
Fedorov should have gotten the penalty, anyway.
The bias the refs had by giving Jurcina the penalty and leaving Fedorov out of the box to potentially score a shorthanded goal was so obvious.
But the Pens overcame it.
The jump doesn't take you straight to anthem pics this time.
These intros are longer than Octo Mom's balls.