Game five. The Penguins are once again facing elimination. This time it is on home ice, in the House that Mario Built. This is our chance to give the Consol Energy Center its first big moment.
For some inspiration, here are five moments in Igloo history where the old building stood its ground.
2009: SCUDS! From the Fleury chant to start the game, to the heroics in the crease as time ticked down, this game may have been the Igloo's finest performance.
2001: Sorry for the Don Cherry in that clip. The Penguins were trailing the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 in their series and they were down 2-1 in the game. Mario Lemieux tied things up with less than a minute left in the game to send it to overtime. Martin Straka picked up the overtime winner to set the stage for game seven in Buffalo.
1999: The Penguins were facing elimination against the Devils in the first round of their 1999 series. The Devils were up 3-2 heading into game six. However, Jaromir Jagr returned and scored two goals – including the overtime winner. The Pens went on to win in seven.
1997: The Pens didn't win this series, but they avoided elimination in the Igloo. Pittsburgh trailed Philadelphia 3-0 in the series heading into game four and it looked like a sweep was coming, but Mario Lemieux had one last trick up his sleeve before his first retirement.
1995: The Penguins were down 3-1 in their series the Capitals heading into game five in the Igloo. Luc Robitaille scored in overtime to give the Pens the win. They went on to defeat Washington in seven games.
Remember the Igloo.