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Series Tied 3-3
7:00PM - Verizon Center
["Net Lit In Red" by clydeorama on Flickr]
Here we are.
After all we've been through.
Here we are.
Several momentum changes.
None of it means anything if we don't win this one.
We're in enemy territory.
Our backs are against the wall.
It's now or never.
Do or die.
A million clichés have been rushing through our collective heads since Monday night.
They've been followed by a million emotions.
It all went so fast.
The preseason game against Jokerit.
Sergei Gonchar injuring his shoulder.
Starting the season against the Senators in Sweden.
One of the best season-opening records in team history.
Coming back to defeat Detroit in overtime.
Falling into a terrible slump in the winter.
Getting blown out by Toronto and Florida.
Finishing the season strong.
Beating Philly in the first round.
Dueling hat tricks with Ovechkin.
And now here we are.
Days like today don't come around too often.
Even if you're a stickler, you're using "we" to refer to the Penguins today.
Tuesday was the day you spent quality time with your loved ones,
reminding yourself what you would be fighting for tonight.
What a horrible day to be alive.
After watching Bruce Boudreau's Oompa Loompa-like River Dance celebration
for the 100th time, there was no hope in our souls.
At 8:00AM, there was no chance the Pens were winning tonight.
Can't recover from this.
10:00AM -- Listening to Stan and Guy and Chris Mack. They're relatively calm.
Well, you never know.
11:00AM -- Word breaks that Gonchar is practicing.
There is a pulse.
1:00PM -- You stop at Weiner World on Smithfield Street for ice cream. The strange lady who is waiting on you just starts talking about the Pens out of nowhere.
"They just deserve it," she says.
There is a definite heartbeat.
It won't hit you when you wake up.
It won't hit you when you secretly time your lunch break with that hot girl at work.
But it will start creeping in around 2:00.
And it'll hit Rick at 4:00 when he clicks "New Post" and settles in for a Gameday post.
It'll hit you when you leave work and fumble for your keys,
using your keyless-entry remote to unlock your car with a rare intensity.
If you're just sitting around all day touching yourself,
Game 7 might be the only reason you're even alive.
You look at complete strangers on the bus or in rush-hour traffic.
You share a glance.
If you work until 6:00 this evening, you are one of the lucky ones.
You will have very little time to really get in the zone for the battle.
Getting in the zone consists of convincing yourself
that Sidney Crosby will simply not let the Penguins lose tonight.
Getting in the zone consists of wondering if the light reflecting off of Gonchar's forehead in the pre-game warmup footage on FSN is as bright as it's been in your dreams.
It consists of reminding yourself that MAF has yet to steal a game this series
while Varlamov has done that more than once.
Are you playing mind games with yourself?
Simply convincing yourself of things that just aren't there?
Alone in the dark today with nothing but your thoughts,
time can draw out like a blade.
Get busy livin' or get busy dyin'.
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.