Playoff Gameday – Round One, Game Seven – Lightning

CONSOL Energy Center – 8:00PM
TV: Root Sports, NHLN-US, TSN, RIS, Versus (JIP)
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Series Tied 3-3.
Team Notes:

Sorry Guy Boucher, Sidney Crosby isn't playing tonight.

Dan Bylsma won't say if there will be line-up changes. There's no news on Tangradi and/or Engelland.

The Pens will air on Root Sports until 2029.

Alex Kovalev is undefeated in game sevens.


Guy Boucher isn't friends with Brooks Orpik.

Steven Stamkos is fired up.

Should Steve Yzerman be credited for the Lightning's success?

Dwayne Roloson is 5-0 when facing elimination.


Know Your Enemy: Lightning Hockey Blog

What they're saying about the Lightning:

It's Game 7 people and anything can happen tonight. The Lightning come into this game with the momentum of winning the last two games in a row. They have been converting on the powerplay while the Pens, well they have not. Coming into tonight, the Lightning may be the better team here, but it's Game 7 and really anything can happen tonight. Having just played two elimination games, it's like the Lightning have just played two Game 7's. So the mindset coming into tonight is no different from Saturday or Monday's game. The boys need to play to win, apply their offence and keep their emotions in check.

Penguins Lines:

James Neal – Mark LetestuAlexei Kovalev
Chris Kunitz – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
Pascal Dupuis – Max Talbot – Chris Conner
Mike Rupp – Craig Adams – Arron Asham

Kris Letang – Brooks Orpik
Zbynek Michalek – Paul Martin
Matt Niskanen – Ben Lovejoy

Marc-Andre Fleury

A guess at the Lightning Lines:

Simon Gagne – Vincent Lecavalier – Martin St. Louis
Steve Downie – Steven Stamkos – Ryan Malone
Adam Hall – Dominic Moore – Teddy Purcell
Dana Tyrell/Nate Thompson – Sean Bergenheim

Mike LundinMattias Ohlund
Eric Brewer – Victor Hedman
Brett Clark – Pavel Kubina
Marc-Andre Bergeron

Dwayne Roloson

Photoshop City:

Youtube City:



This is it.  There's nothing else to say.  The Pens are still without Crosby and without Malkin.  The Pens are once again expected to lay down and die.  They're expected to give in and let a superior team succeed.  That's what has been expected of them since early January. They're not supposed to be here.  Not now, not with this line-up.  But they are here.
And so are we.
Win today and the Penguins move on to play a hated rival.  Lose and spend the entire summer wondering "What If?"  That's what it has come down to.  The Pittsburgh Penguins have their backs against the wall.  But that's familiar territory.  This team has been fighting an uphill battle for months now.  They've exceeded every expectation placed upon them.  And they will continue to do so tonight.
This is the first time the Consol Energy Center has seen a do-or-die game.  If you're in the building, you have no excuse for not being loud.  This is what the Penguins fought for all season.  This is what they struggled for: Home ice advantage.  Now it's time to stand up and with one voice, tell them you appreciate everything they've done.  Tell them you're not ready for it to end.  Tell them they can do it.  We know they can.
Be Loud.

Be Loud.
Everyone… the trendy fans of section 110, the bandwagoners in 104 and all the diehards sitting outside will be moving in to our right. But if you look to our left, you will see that there is no one there. It's because we're the end of the line. The jobber army stops here. We are the flank. Do you understand, everyone? We cannot retreat. We cannot sign off of our Twitter accounts. We are going to have to be stubborn today. So, you put the boys and girls in position, you tell them to stay down. Pile the rocks up high; get the best protection you can and make some unreal Photoshops. . This is sloping Internet, it's good Internet. If you have any breakthroughs, if you have another fan give up, if you have a hole in the line, you plug it with someone else. 
Well, all, that hill on Fifth Avenue is steep. It's rocky. It's bare.  And there is probably some homeless person vomiting there.  To come straight up it is impossible. No. The Lightning army is going to swing around. It's gonna come up through that notch right over there.  It'll move under the 1-3-1, try to get 'round the flank. And all… *we* are the flank. All….
[salutes, ] 
God go with you.
Do It.
Go Pens.