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Penguins' Game 7 history replete with highs, lows

| Monday, May 12, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

It has been described as the greatest words in sports: Game 7. It is coming back to Pittsburgh after a three-year absence, not that the Penguins imagined playing a win-or-bounce game to decide a Round 2 series they once led 3-1 against the New York Rangers. On Tuesday night, the fifth Game 7 of the Sidney Crosby era will take place at Consol Energy Center. A look back at the others:

May 13, 2009

Eastern Conference semifinal

Penguins 6, Capitals 2 (Verizon Center)

A wild series wrapped with a thud — and, befitting the players that came before them, the Penguins completed a playoff comeback against the Capitals. From goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's breakaway denial of Washington's Alex Ovechkin to Crosby's exclamation-point second goal, the Penguins could do no wrong. Heck, even Craig Adams scored.

June 12, 2009

Stanley Cup Final

Penguins 2, Red Wings 1 (Joe Louis Arena)

All the marbles were for the taking, and winger Max Talbot was happy to play the role of playground bully. He scored twice in the second period … then the Penguins held on while playing the last 30 minutes without Crosby, who was injured by a hit along the boards from Detroit's Johan Franzen.

May 12, 2010

Eastern Conference semifinal

Canadiens 5, Penguins 2 (Mellon Arena)

The presumed dynastic Penguins' Cup defense ended shockingly. Crosby took a boarding penalty 10 seconds in, and Montreal's Brian Gionta scored the first of his two power-play goals 22 seconds later. The Canadiens had overcome a 3-2 series deficit, and something about the Penguins seemed to forever change.

April 27, 2011

Eastern Conference semifinal

Lightning 1, Penguins 0 (Consol Energy Center)

Fleury stopped every shot he actually saw. However, a wrap-around goal by Tampa Bay's Sean Bergenheim was enough for goalie Dwayne Rolson, who stopped 36 shots, including 14 in the final period. None came from Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, both of whom missed a series the Penguins led 3-1.

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