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Pittsburgh Penguins: Habs Push Pens To Game 7

Pittsburgh PenguinsThe Penguins had been 5-0 in series clinching games on visitor ice. The underlined word is “had” as they missed their opportunity last night against the Montreal Canadiens. The entire Penguins team has had a very difficult time with these determined Habs, but no more than the big three down the middle. Jordan Staal has had a rough series which started with him getting a cut over his foot which required immediate surgery and ended up only missing (amazingly) one game. Evgeni Malkin has had moments of pure energy and skill and then moments of looking lost. Sidney Crosby has done his best, but has been blanketed by Montreal’s man-to-man coverage which has kept his numbers on the scoreboard very low and has visible frustrated him.

Unfortunately, all of the pressure of tomorrow night’s do-or-die game 7 is on Pittsburgh. Montreal has done what they have needed to do and Pittsburgh has not. Pittsburgh now faces a Montreal team that has a load of confidence and is ready to take down another beast on their way to the Eastern Conference Championship game.

The good news for Penguins fans is this. Pressure is something they have experienced before. Remember last year’s game 7 in Washington after Pittsburgh led 3 games to 2 and missed their chance to take the series on home ice? What about the Stanley Cup Final game 7 last year in Detroit? The Pens have had their back against the wall before and have come out alive, but it has not been easy and this will be no easy task for the Pens.

As a Penguins fan, I am nervous. Many Pens fans gave Washington a lot of crap for losing to the lowly Montreal Canadiens. Look where the Pens are at now? Could they be the next victim?

In the end, these are the moments that define champions. Pittsburgh has done it before and now they must do it again. I give Montreal a ton of credit for their outstanding play, but I also have to say that Pittsburgh has hurt themselves just as much by making costly mistakes and poor decisions. If tomorrow night’s game is the last Penguins game in the Igloo (Mellon Arena), then it will be at the hands of the team that handed them their very first loss in the very first game in Mellon Arena. That is right, the Canadiens handed the Pens a 2-1 loss on October 11, 1967 in the very first Penguins game there.

With that said, I am ready for tomorrow night. Regardless of the outcome, let’s get it done. The Pittsburgh Penguins have a chance to move on and they need to play their best hockey yet this post season.

Let’s Go Pens!

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4 comments for “Pittsburgh Penguins: Habs Push Pens To Game 7”

  1. Stressful, ain’t it! I’m so glad we’re ‘resting’ right now.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | May 11, 2010, 1:07 pm
  2. Stressful, yes but not near as stressful as last year’s game 7 against Detroit.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | May 11, 2010, 1:15 pm
  3. I don’t know what a Game 7 in the finals feels like….

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | May 11, 2010, 1:35 pm
  4. haha, well it is pretty stressful. I am routing for your Sharks though (unless they play the Pens in the finals).

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | May 11, 2010, 1:53 pm

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