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
Of course none of that means anything.
The fact that a Penguins team lost to an Islanders team in 1975 has absolutely nothing to do with tomorrow night's game.
Tomorrow night's game is between the 2009 editions of the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals.
It has been a series for the ages.
People are calling it one of the best seven game series in recent history.
The amount of hype that was devoted to this series before it began was ridiculous.
We all thought there was no possible way it could live up to the hype.
And then it did.
Three have ended in overtime.
Five have been one goal games.
Alexander Ovechkin has seven goals and five assists.
Sidney Crosby has six goals and four assists.
Evgeni Malkin has two goals and six assists.
Those three players are the ranked one, two and three in playoff scoring.
But none of that means anything either.
The winner heads to the Eastern Conference Final.
The loser heads home.
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