You don't have to be in Pittsburgh today to sense the negativity overtaking the city. Just glance at Twitter. Or talk to my dad. Did people view this Penguins team as some sort of juggernaut? Did no one pay attention when we told you that if either team won this series in five games it would be the Lightning? And didn't we also predict we'd win this in 7? Just relax.
If you think the odds are stacked against the Penguins because we just don't have the horses to pull this thing out, let me remind you of another Game 7: the one in Detroit in 2009. Sidney Crosby got knocked out of that one about halfway through, and the Wings had Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, and an army of other guys who could stickhandle through a maze of pylons faster than Arron Asham can skate in a straight line, and you know what? It didn't matter.
Guy Boucher is at it again, complaining that Brooks Orpik poked Little Stevie Stamkos in the eye. Doesn't matter.
Felonious Ryan Malone says he put a clean hit on Pascal Dupuis. Who cares.
Taking penalties against the Penguins is proving to be a smart strategy. Whatever.
Game 7 is going to be close, it may go to overtime, and the Penguins don't have a St. Louis or a Stamkos in the lineup. But we do have a number of guys who have been here before and delivered, several guys who have been a hero before and could be again. It only takes one.
Quit wringing your hands, and get behind your team.